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Dictionary of American Regional English

Dictionary of American Regional English

Digital Edition

Edited by Joan Houston Hall

ISBN 9780674425071

Publication date: 01/03/2014

Keeping alive the speech that makes us American—from new words to old sayings and everything in between.

Dip into the Dictionary of American Regional English and enter the rich, endlessly entertaining, ever-changing world of American speech. Learn what a Minnesota grandma is making when she fixes lefse, what a clerk in a Buffalo deli means by kimmelweck or a Hawaiian baker puts into a malassada. Find out what Oregonians played before pickleball (Pelota), what Southerners do when they use their tom walkers, and what Wisconsin folks celebrate at a kermis.

This massive collection of regional words and phrases captures the language of our lives, from east to west, north to south, urban to rural, childhood to old age. Here are the terms that distinguish us, one from the other, and knit us together in one vast linguistic tapestry. Listen to more than 5,000 audio recordings and explore interactive maps that show where you might be if you looked in a garden and saw moccasin flowers or lady peas; if you encountered a bullfrog and cried, “jugarum!”; or came upon a hover fly and exclaimed, “newsbee!” And here, at long last, is an explanation of what the madstone and the money cat portend.

Praise

  • This is an exciting, lasting work of useful scholarship accomplished with excellence, a work that scholars and laypeople alike will study, use, and enjoy for generations.

    —Stuart B. Flexner, New York Times Book Review

Authors

  • Joan Houston Hall is Distinguished Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the DARE staff in 1975, became Associate Editor in 1979, and was named Chief Editor in 2000.
  • Joan Houston Hall is Distinguished Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the DARE staff in 1975, became Associate Editor in 1979, and was named Chief Editor in 2000.

Book Details

  • Belknap Press
  • Editor-in-chief Joan Houston Hall

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