Do you D.A.R.E. speak English?
It's out in circulation! "The Dictionary of American Regional English"!
It it a Hoagie or a Grinder?
Do you wear britches or pants?
Do you go to a Pot Luck or a Pass A Plate?
It's all in The Dictionary of American Regional English"
that took over 50 years to compile!
The dictionary was conceived in 1962, when the American Dialect Society asked Fred Cassidy, a UW-Madison English professor, to create a dictionary of dialects of American English.
Cassidy had already conducted a smaller study of regional differences within Wisconsin speech, but beefed up the survey to more than 1,600 questions for DARE. Graduate students from the UW and many other universities fanned out across the country between 1965 and 1970, sometimes spending days talking with local residents about their words for everything from sandwiches (a dagwood in Iowa and grinder in Connecticut) to the lint under furniture (a dust bunny in much of the country but a dust dolly in New Jersey).
Contributions from university donors, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, private foundations and individuals have sustained DARE over the last half-century. http://dare.wisc.edu/
So all you Roadfood Wordsmiths can hone your verbal skills by using these Volumes to enhance your vocabulary!
Let's hear some unusual ones from your part of the Colonies!
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/02/28 20:23:51