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Volume I of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), published to wide acclaim in 1985, captured the wondrous variety and creativeness of American folk words and expressions and tickled the imagination of lovers of language around the world. Decades in preparation, the DARE corpus reflects the liveliness of English as it is spoken on America's main streets and country roads-the regional metaphors and similes passed along within homes and communities.

Like its popular predecessor, Volume II is a treasury of vernacular Americanisms. In Virginia a goldfinch is a dandelion bird," in Missouri an insufficient rain shower a "drizzle-fizzle." "Gate" was Louis Armstrong's favorite "sender" (a verbal spur to a sidekick in a band), a usage that probably originated from the fact that gates swing.Readers will bedazzled by the wealth of entries--more than 11,000-contained in this second volume alone. The two and a half pages on "dirt" reveal that a small marble is a "dirt pea" in the South. "To eat dried apples," a curious rural euphemism for becoming pregnant, appears in the five pages on "eat." Seven pages on "horn" and related words take readers on a tour of the animal and nether worlds: horned lark, horned frog, horned pout (look that one up), and that horned fellow, the devil.

Initiated under the leadership of Frederic G. Cassidy, DARE represents an unprecedented attempt to document the living language of the entire country. The project's primary tool was a carefully worded survey of 1,847 questions touching on most aspects of everyday life and human experience. Over a five-year period fieldworkers interviewed natives of 1,002 communities, a patchwork of the United States in all its diversity.

The result is a database of more than two and a half million items--a monument to the richness of American folk speech. Additionally, some 7,000 publications, including novels, diaries, and small-town newspapers, have yielded a bountiful harvest of local idioms. Computer-generated maps accompanying many of the entries illustrate the regional distribution of words and phrases.

The entries contained in Volume II--from the poetic and humorous to the witty and downright bawdy--will delight and inform readers.

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Initiated under the leadership of Frederic G. Cassidy, DARE represents an attempt to document the living language of the entire country. Volume I, published to acclaim in 1985, captured the variety and creativeness of American folk words and expressions. Like its predecessor, Volume II is a treasury of vernacular Americanisms--some 11,000 in this volume alone. Computer-generated maps accompanying many of the entries illustrate the regional distribution of words and phrases. A core reference, essentially without competition.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Like its popular predecessor, Volume II of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is a treasury of vernacular Americanisms. The more than 11,000 entries contained in Volume II--from the poetic and humorous to the witty and downright bawdy--will delight and inform readers.

Synopsis:

2013 Dartmouth Medal, Reference and User Services Association, American Library Association

Synopsis:

Published to wide acclaim in 1985, the first volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, captured the variety and creativity of American folk words and expressions. Volume II is a continued treasury of vernacular Americanisms which attempt to document the living language of the entire country. Features more than 11,000 entries. 606 maps.

About the Author

Frederic G. Cassidywas Professor of English at the <>University of Wisconsin, Madison.Joan Houston Hallis Senior Scientist at the <>University of Wisconsin, Madison. She joined the DAREstaff in 1975, became Associate Editor in 1979, and was named Chief Editor in 2000.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Dictionary of American Regional English, D–H

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674205123
Editor:
Cassidy, Frederic G.
Editor:
Hall, Joan H.
Editor-in-chief:
Cassidy, Frederic G.
Editor:
Cassidy, Frederic G.
Editor:
Hall, Joan H.
Edited:
Hall, Cassidy, Frederic G., Joan Houston
Author:
Hall
Author:
Hall, Joan Houston
Author:
Cassidy, Frederic G.
Author:
Joan Houston
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
English language
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Speech
Subject:
Dictionaries - Idioms & Slang
Subject:
Americanisms
Subject:
Dialects
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
English language -- Dialects -- United States.
Subject:
Reference-Slang and Idioms
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Subject:
History-United States - State & Local - General
Copyright:
Series:
Dictionary of American Regional English
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
September 1991
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
606 maps
Pages:
1200
Dimensions:
11 x 9 in 102 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Like its popular predecessor, Volume II of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is a treasury of vernacular Americanisms. The more than 11,000 entries contained in Volume II--from the poetic and humorous to the witty and downright bawdy--will delight and inform readers.
"Synopsis" by , 2013 Dartmouth Medal, Reference and User Services Association, American Library Association
"Synopsis" by , Published to wide acclaim in 1985, the first volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, captured the variety and creativity of American folk words and expressions. Volume II is a continued treasury of vernacular Americanisms which attempt to document the living language of the entire country. Features more than 11,000 entries. 606 maps.
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