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Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume I: Introduction and A-C

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ISBN-13: 978-0674205116
ISBN-10: 0674205111
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William Safire calls it "The most exciting linguistic project going on in the United States," and I'd have to agree. Dictionary of American Regional English is a corker (thing of remarkable quality or strength). There's nothing cheesy (low-grade, cheap) or cold potato (dull, boring, or worthless) about it. It's such couthy (amiable) reading that it's hard to raise your conkhouse (lift your head) and agress (move forward and make progress).

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Long in gestation, having been an original goal of the American Dialect Society in 1889, DARE is the result of 25 years of sustained work by its editor, with support from the NEH, universities, institutions, hundreds of volunteers, and 2,777 informants. Entries give definitions; pronunciation; alternative forms; examples; dated reference to sources, which include a unique questionnaire; and then clear indication of where the word is used. Computer-produced maps are a significant feature, as are extensive introductory articles about the maps, pronunciation, language changes, and the DARE project. In an attractive and readable design, on acid-free paper, at a reasonable price, DARE is an important and necessary purchase for academic and public libraries. William Wortman, Miami Univ. Lib., Ohio
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  • Hardcover: 903 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674205111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674205116
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Burleson on August 7, 2010
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They say that American English has become homogenized, but it's not true and many regional words and phrases remain.

This is not a book to read end-to-end, but it's fascinating if you want to learn the complete etymology of a slang word.
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By ReadingFool on July 24, 2013
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Heard about this set on NPR and our adult children and I have purchased volumes on his birthday and Christmas. It's such great fun to just leaf through or look up specifics! Only 1 more volume to go!
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By AJ Short on December 3, 2013
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No dust jacket. Good condition. Great price. Great gift. Don't know what a "bushnipple" is? You will. Ok. You got me. I will blab. It is a slur against woodsmen in Appalachia.
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By eraser on March 10, 2014
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I enjoy learning about the origins or words and phrases. This book is well-written and very readable, thus I recommend it.
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