Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Dictionary of American Regional English in the news!

Barbara Wallraff's Word Court column today has praise for UW's jewel of a dictionary project, known as DARE around here. She even cites Joan Houston Hall. The headline for the column was pretty hilarious: "To outsiders, regionalisms add flavor to language". The topic, in fact, was a colorful word, 'toad strangler" (a gulley washer), first attested in North Carolina — pretty close to an issue just raised here.

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