I'll toss my vote in for its use in the mid-South US. In fact, I hear it quite frequently.cuchuflete said:I have heard it throughout the eastern US. But here's the caveat: It is almost always, in my experience, used by relatively uneducated people,
I don't think I've ever actually heard "waiting for the jury's verdict". Well, not that I can remember, anyway. It just seems more natural to say, "waiting on the jury's verdict".river said:Merriam-Webster's says that there's nothing really wrong with using "waiting on" something, that the expression seems to convey the tedium of waiting better than "waiting for." And I have heard and read "we are waiting on the jury's verdict" many times.
Wait has many meanings, many of them now obsolete. In the quotation above, wait means:jokker said:Mr. Bennet was among the earliest of those who waited on Mr. Bingley. He had always intended to visit him, though to the last always assuring his wife that he should not go; and till the evening after the visit was paid, she had no knowledge of it. -- Pride and Prejudice
Could "wait on" have other meanings besides the ones that have been discussed above? Because from the context, it seems to mean to pay a visit?
I'm from western Connecticut and never heard either "wait on" for "wait for" or "wait on line" instead of "wait in line" until I went to college and encountered people from other areas. I think "wait on line" originated in NYC area, but "wait on someone" is more Southern in origin and is a different usage. Living in the Midwest now, I hear the latter a lot; and it is not limited to uneducated speakers, as an earlier responder thinks. It's a regionalism, not a mark of education or lack of it. Still I'd recommend the standard "wait for" for anyone learning English.CAMullen said:We never used it in Eastern Massachusetts when I was young. I never heard it until I met some New Yorkers, who used the term "waiting on line." It has spread now (probably as a result of national news being NYCentric), but is still a little unusual here.
Yes -- if "standard English" is needed, "wait for" is the preferred option -- the guy in the picture may not be functioning in a context where standard English is necessary, however, and it could even be that "wait on" would be used by more people wherever he is and for whatever he is doing; the first time I heard "wait on" used instead of "wait for" I was confused, but that was probably 60 years ago -- everyone probably understands it nowadays
I find absolutely nothing wrong with it and I agree with Merriam-Webster. The two versions have different senses. I may even go so far to say that wait on functions more like a phrasal verb and wait for is simple standard grammar of two different words.Merriam-Webster's says that there's nothing really wrong with using "waiting on" something, that the expression seems to convey the tedium of waiting better than "waiting for." And I have heard and read "we are waiting on the jury's verdict" many times.