Odd Ohio Dialect?

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  1. MichaelBA

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    In that Calvin & Hobbes strip where they get robbed, the father asks the mother, "Have you figured out what all is missing?"

    The phrasing of this always struck me as odd: "...what all is missing."

    "Have you figured out what's missing?" or "Have you figured out if anything's missing?" would, I guess, have sounded better to my New York ears.

    Is this an Ohioan manner of speaking? [Watterson's from Ohio, right?]
     
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    Hmmm...I've heard both here in the Pacific NW.
     
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    I'm not sure I'd say it, but it sounds normal to me.
     
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    I'd have to say that this turn of phrase in common in the midwest. I hear the type all the time here in Oklahoma (which technically isn't the midwest, but I have heard it other places as well).

    The "< word > all" phrase is very popular here... I didn't think it was very classy to make the Oklahoma Library Association's catchphrase Read Y'all!, as it just reinforces stereotypes, but there it was on a poster with Kristin Chenoweth's smilling mug below.
     

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