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Omission of "to be" in certain dialects?

Occasionally, in the wide wide world of the interwebs, I will stumble upon a sentence like "My shirt needs washed," instead of "My shirt needs to be washed" or "My shirt needs washing." I'm guessing this is a feature of certain American dialects, but I'd be interested to know which ones and how it originated.
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  • I guess basic is too basic.

    You have to love how slang evolves. In my day, insulting someone was dissing someone from the word disrespect. Now it is throwing shade, especially…

  • The Australian Vernacular... Mate

    Here's an article about Australian slang words, tacked onto a story about an ex-pat USA citizen grappling with what looks & sounds to be the base…

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