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by REDFL
Fri May 12, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Warsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 140951

Worsh - Texas and Florida

I posted earlier that I grew up in Iowa (in the land of little Germany, as my husband calls it) and generations have pronounced it "worsh". When we were visiting my parents last summer, we went with my dad out into the fields and he was pointing out water damage from rains they had had, talking abou...
by REDFL
Sat Apr 15, 2006 12:21 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Warsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 140951

<<<Here is the rule as it is usually encountered: fewer refers to number among things that are counted, and less refers to quantities or amount among things that are measured. >>> That is the same rule that I learned... back during my years of public school education in Iowa. Back then, it was one o...
by REDFL
Thu Apr 13, 2006 3:12 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Warsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 140951

As for the warsh, people around here use it all the time. I have to be careful not to use the warsh. When all the aunts and people around use the warsh, it is very catchy. ********** My family laughed out loud at me a few years ago. I was staying with my parents for a couple of weeks to help out aft...
by REDFL
Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Warsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 140951

<<<there's no r in German waschen, Dutsch wassen, Swedish tvätta or Danish vaske>>>
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my theory may be falling apart ... how about the low German or Plattdeutsch translation of wash? (I don't know it...?) My forefathers were from Northern Germany.
by REDFL
Thu Apr 13, 2006 8:52 am
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Warsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 140951

Worsh --mytheory

I was born in Iowa, in a predominately German settled farming area. My family and everyone around us said WORSH for "wash". My grandfather actually said it more like "woish". My theory is that there's some type of Germanic influence from when they switched gradually from speaking German to English. ...

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