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.
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- Dictionary that shows US regional differences in English usage getting updated, going online Nov 26, 2013 | The Associated Press
- New Research On Regional English Nov 22, 2013 | THE LARRY MEILLER SHOW
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