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
- A sense of where words come from Mar 21, 2015 | The Virginian-Pilot
- Ossing is bossing Mar 18, 2015 | Oxford University Press Blog
- The Humanities Interviews Mar 2, 2015 | American Council of Learned Societies
- ‘Dibs’: the Great Northern Parking Tradition Feb 6, 2015 | The Chronicle of Higher Education
- When you call someone a jagoff, what exactly are you trying to say? Jan 13, 2015 | Chicago Reader
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