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
- To Be or Not to Be: Needs and Wants May 15, 2015 | The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Do We Talk Funny? 51 American Colloquialisms May 12, 2015 | NPR
- $60K in donations means American regional English dictionary can run through June 2016 May 11, 2015 | The Associated Press
- Dictionary of Regional American English funded through summer 2016 May 10, 2015 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Dictionary of American Regional English prepares to close down Apr 22, 2015 | CBC Radio
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