After a long day, do you like to relax on the gallery? Do you enjoy a dagwood or a torpedo for lunch? Do you drive on the slab or parkway? These regional terms, which might be familiar depending on where you live or grew up, are captured in the Dictionary of American Regional English. The dictionary is made up of answers collected by fieldworkers, who did surveys in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Select a state from the menu below to see which communities DARE visited and a sampling of the local language.
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Hear audio samples that demonstrate the rich variety of American language.
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DARE chief editor Joan Houston Hall discusses the five-decades-long project.
DARE in the media
- Survey looks to record unique local language Jul 27, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune
- Wisconsin English survey hopes to track changing language, dialect Jul 22, 2014 | WXOW
- Response to dictionary survey surges after report Jul 2, 2014 | Appleton Post-Crescent
- Participation still needed to complete Dictionary of American Regional English reboot May 28, 2014 | Appleton Post-Crescent
- What ‘mom’ really means in America May 11, 2014 | The Boston Globe
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