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South-Idaho-ism: “needs fixed”

I’ve lived in south Idaho for 10 years, and north Idaho the prior 20 years, and while most colloquialisms seem to be the same across the state, one that’s common in south Idaho (Boise), and I never heard in north Idaho, is “needs fixed”.

The pattern extends to “needs <any other verb ending in -ed>” and the even more unusual past-tense pairing “needed <verb ending in -ed>”, as in “my iPad needed updated.”

DailyWritingTips.com suggests “needs fixed” originates in Pittsburgh and spreads through “a narrow band in the middle of the country extending from the east cost to Montana”, but the pattern certainly is creeping even further west to Boise.

This morning a typically well-spoken NPR KBSU news person said something “needed fixed”, so I thought this “needed blogged”.

Update: Boise A&E personality Michael Deeds provides another example: “Warped needed tweaked“.

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  1. Down here in Texas I hear ‘fixin’, funny how well the ear picks up on poor grammar, but after a short period of immersion simply ignores it.

    • I haven’t been able to forget this one. And shh… I just caught myself saying “your room needs cleaned” yesterday.