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Wash :

In my mother’s Oklahoma dialect, “wash” was pronounced “warsh,” and I was embarrassed to discover in school that the inclusion of the superfluous “R” sound was considered ignorant.

This has made me all the more sensitive now that I live in Washington to the mispronunciation “Warshington.”

Some people tell you that after you “warsh” you should “wrench” (“rinse” ).

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