The Takeaway

Listener Responses: Favorite Regionalisms

Monday, February 06, 2012

Next month, the final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English will be released. A project initially undertaken in the 1950s by linguist Federic Cassidy, the goal was to record all the words and phrases that are unique to specific parts of the U.S. Listeners responded with their favorite regionalisms.

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The Takeaway

A Dictionary of American Dialect

Thursday, February 02, 2012

If you've got a copy of the Dictionary of Regional English, you know that "hotdish" is a casserole-style meal popular throughout Minnesota. A "quahog" is common word for "clam" in New England. And "Euchre" is a card game beloved by Midwesterners of all stripes. Next month the final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, or DARE, will be released by the Harvard University Press.

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New York Works | Dialect And Accents Coach

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dialect coach Susan Cameron said she can't ride the bus or subway without tuning in to all the conversations around her because she's fascinated by the small quirks of pronunciation that give away a person's background.

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Studio 360

About that "Negro dialect"...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in political hot water this week for past remarks he made about President Obama's race. According to the new book Game Change, Reid encouraged Obama's run for the White House, in part, because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, ...

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