Dictionary of American Regional English

at University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, 53706 United States

DARE is a print and digital reference work that documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another across the United States.

Dictionary of American Regional English
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison , WI 53706
United States
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The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is a multi-volume (and now digital) reference work that documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another place across the United States. Challenging the popular notion that our language has been "homogenized" by the media and our mobile population, DARE demonstrates that there are many thousands of differences that characterize the dialect regions of the U.S. DARE is based on face-to-face interviews carried out in all 50 states between 1965 and 1970 and on a comprehensive collection of written materials (diaries, letters, novels, histories, biographies, newspapers, government documents, etc.) that cover our history from the colonial period to the present. The entries in DARE include regional pronunciations, variant forms, some etymologies, and regional and social distributions of the words and phrases.

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An update on DARE's future: Thanks to generous gifts from many friends, DARE will continue with three staff members for the next year. Chief Ed. Joan Houston Hall and Science Ed. Roland Berns are both retiring (w/ Emerita/us status, granting them access to DARE in perpetuity!).

Published on 2015-07-16 15:30:56 GMT

It's National Hat Day! Impress your friends by subtly slipping one—or all!—of these dialectal 'hat' words into conversation: JOHN B., a Western word for a cowboy hat, from Philadelphia hatter John B. Stetson; CADY, which comes from the Scots 'cadie,' a man's or boy's cap or hat; SKY PIECE, which can refer to a cap, hat, or bonnet—or a hair piece!