DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN REGIONAL ENGLISH
Cover: Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume IV: P-Sk, from Harvard University PressCover: Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume IV: P-Sk in HARDCOVER

Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume IV: P-Sk

Editor-in-chief Joan Houston Hall

Add to Cart

Product Details

HARDCOVER

$130.00 • £104.95 • €117.00

ISBN 9780674008847

Publication Date: 12/31/2002

Short

1056 pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

607 maps

Belknap Press

Dictionary of American Regional English

World

The digital Dictionary of American Regional English (daredictionary.com) offers powerful searching and interactive browsing by region, quotations with a complete bibliography, and maps illustrating where words were collected—as well as DARE Survey data and audio recordings.

Browse 100 sample entries | Buy a one-year subscription

Every page in this new volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English makes it wonderfully clear that regional expressions still flourish throughout the United States.

Depending on where you live, your conversation may include such beguiling terms as paddybass (North Carolina), pinkwink (Cape Cod), or scallyhoot (West); if you’re invited to a potluck dinner, in Indiana you’re likely to call it a pitch-in, while in northern Illinois it’s a scramble; if your youngsters play hopscotch, they may call it potsy in Manhattan, but sky blue in Chicago.

Like the popular first three volumes of DARE, the fourth is a treasure-trove of linguistic gems, a book that invites exclamation, delight, and wonder. More than six hundred maps pinpoint where you might live if your favorite card games are sheepshead and skat; if you eat pan dulce rather than pain perdu; if you drive down a red dog road or make a purchase at a racket store; or if you look out your window and see a parka squirrel or a quill pig.

The language of our everyday lives is captured in DARE, along with expressions our grandparents used but our children will never know. Based on thousands of interviews across the country, the Dictionary of American Regional English presents our language in its infinite variety. Word lovers will delight in the wit and wisdom found in the quotations that illustrate each entry, and will prize the richness and diversity of our spoken and written culture.

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Photograph of Lessons from Plants, by Beronda L. Montgomery, from Harvard University Press, placed on sunny table next to leafy green potted plant and desk organizer

What Have We Learned from Plants?

For Beronda L. Montgomery, the author of Lessons from Plants, the undisturbed growth of plants has been a reminder that life moves along, even in the most difficult times. In her new book, Montgomery shows how plant behavior and adaptation can offer valuable insights for human thriving. Her recent article in Elle on how plants have been a beacon of hope for her and many others during the pandemic inspired us at Harvard University Press to think about how plants have also helped us during this past year of working from home