I have a friend who was casually talking and then murmured, “This needs burned.”
My other friends and I have never let her forget it.
She meant to say, “This needs to be burned.” So, why omit the letters?
The strangest thing about the phrase is that I have never heard anyone else use that grammar. Keep in mind that while I’ve traveled a good amount, most of my U.S. travel was when I was young, and I’ve only lived in the northeast. It may have come from the relatives on her mother’s side of the family, who live in Texas.
Is it a southern thing? Have you ever heard people saying, “The gas tank needs filled,” or perhaps, “The kids need dressed nicely,” at any given moment?
It’s one of the phrases that just comes from nowhere.
Now that I think about it, I can’t remember the thing that needed to be burned in the first place. What needs to be burned? A pirate map?