- Series: Dictionary of American Regional English (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 1040 pages
- Publisher: Belknap Press; Subsequent edition (December 31, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674008847
- ISBN-13: 978-0674008847
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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.
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geared to local idioms or word embodiments. The local idiom,
definition (preferred embodiment) and sometimes the date
are included. For instance, here are examples.
o felt-plant- genus--Horsfordia plant
o fandango- 1807- Spanish dance in triple time
o did - she- cackle-- a children's game
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