Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume V

Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume V


By Joan Houston Hall (Editor)

Belknap Press, Hardcover, 9780674047358, 1244pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2012


With this fifth volume of the "Dictionary of American Regional English, " readers now have the full panoply of American regional vocabulary, from Adam's housecat to Zydeco. Like the first four volumes, the fifth is filled with words that reflect our origins, migrations, ethnicities, and neighborhoods.

Contradicting the popular notion that American English has become homogenized, "DARE" demonstrates that our language still has distinct and delightful local character. If a person lives in a remote place, would you say he's from the boondocks? Or from the puckerbrush, the tules, or the willywags? Where are you likely to live if you eat Brunswick stew rather than jambalaya, stack cake, smearcase, or kringle? What's your likely background if your favorite card game is hasenpfeffer? bid whist? sheepshead? Whether we are talking about foods, games, clothing, family members, animals, or almost any other aspect of life, our vocabulary reveals much about who we are.

Each entry in "DARE" has been carefully researched to provide as complete a history of its life in America as possible. Illustrative citations extend from the seventeenth century through the twenty-first. More than 600 maps show where words were collected by the "DARE" fieldworkers. And quotations highlight the wit and wisdom of American speakers and writers. Recognized as the authoritative record of American English, "DARE" serves scholars and professionals of all stripes. It also holds treasures for readers who simply love our language.

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.