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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DARE chief editor Joan Houston Hall discusses the five-decades-long project.
DARE in the media
- Dictionary of American Regional English prepares to close down Apr 22, 2015 | CBC Radio
- The word is out: I was a teenage astamagootis Apr 22, 2015 | The Guardian
- Dictionary Of American Regional English Threatened By Lack Of Funding Apr 20, 2015 | The Huffington Post
- Cash crisis threatens dictionary of US regional English Apr 17, 2015 | The Guardian
- Dictionary of American Regional English Faces Shutdown Apr 15, 2015 | The New York Times
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