Read this once
So, if you’re a Yorker, you probably often do things “once.” You know, “Let me see that once.” “Leave me read that once.”
If you’re a hardcore Yorker, you probably don’t just do them “once,” you say it “once-t” or “wunst.”
This is similar to awhile in that it’s always found tacked on to the end of your sentence, but unlike awhile, which serves a purpose in speaking and writing, I can’t find a reason why you couldn’t just be a frugal Yorker and drop the “once.” In that sense, it’s like “quick,” which I had also written about and which also serves very little purpose.
Any ideas? Why do we do this?