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Lisa from Aberdeen Proving Ground sent this National Grammar Day note to Midday with Dan Rodricks:
For the past few years I have noticed people make statements such as "that car needs washed". What happened to the transitional verb? Is that what is missing?, also, what about people saying they "graduated high school", shouldn't it be "from" high school?
My wife’s family comes from Pittsburgh, where “the car needs washed,” “the grass needs mowed” and similar constructions are common. Timothy C. Frazer of Western Illinois University has identified this construction, in which the infinitive is omitted between a verb of volition and a past participle, as a distinctive Midwestern speech pattern, is rising from Scotch-Irish speech patterns, particularly in the parts of the Midwest settled from Pennsylvania and Appalachia.*
It is, of course, colloquial English, regional colloquial English at that, rather than what one would expect in the dialect we call standard written English.
As to graduate, the history of the word over the past century and a half is a miniature picture of language in transition. Some older readers may remember having been taught that graduation is not something the student does but something the school does — a hobbyhorse of 19th-century grammatical purists. The preferred form taught in many handbooks and textbooks used to be that one was graduated from college or university.
Over the span of the 20th century, that transitive sense —schools graduate students — shifted to an intransitive sense — students graduate from school. At the same time, the colloquial expression shifted the sense back to transitive — she graduated college. The intransitive sense — students graduate from school — remains the form in standard written English. Whether the colloquial transitive will overtake it remains to be seen. I may not be around to see the outcome.
* His article in The American Midwest, edited by Richard Sisson, Christian K. Zacher and Andrew Cayton, can be found previewed on Google Books.