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  • adverb dated Hyperbolic extension to needs, meaning "must necessarily"

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  • So I read this phrase a lot in old books. Anybody have a clue as to why they would actually say it this way, instead of "must" or "needs to" as we would in modern syntax?

    January 7, 2010

  • It would seem that the "needs" is an adverb, but you must needs read the explanation here (for example).

    January 7, 2010

  • Shoes: They are "must needs."

    January 7, 2010

  • Oh no! I've spilt perfume on my legs. I have musk-knees!

    January 7, 2010

  • Is there a list of 'must needs'?

    There should be.

    January 7, 2010

  • PossibleUnderscore, you must needs make that list!

    January 7, 2010

  • Ok! But I need help thinking of a List Description.

    January 8, 2010

  • Hm. Thus far it looks like we've listed things we might need and things that might be musty. Does that help? :-)

    January 8, 2010