New Dictionary of American Regional English Volume P–Sk Now Available
If you’re invited to a potluck dinner, in Indiana you’re likely to call it a pitch-in, while in northern Illinois it’s a scramble. Find these words and tens of thousands more in the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), devoted to documenting the varieties of English spoken across the United States.
DARE captures those words we learn at home as part of our oral rather than our written culture. Volume IV (P–Sk), with more than sixty-five hundred entries, is now available at most bookstores and from a number of Web sites, including amazon.com and buy.com. List price per volume is $89.95. You can also order directly by phone at (800) 405-1619. When you call, mention promotional code H08-001 and receive 20 percent off ($71.96, plus shipping). For more information, see the DARE Web site at polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/dare/dare.html.
Like the popular first three volumes of DARE, the fourth is full of linguistic gems. The entries pinpoint where you might live if your favorite card games are schafskopf or sixty-three; if you eat plate pie or potato bargain; if you drive down a pent road or run into a pogonip; or if you see a scaper or a scrunt.
Volume I, including extensive introductory matter and the letters A–C, was published in 1985 (it had gone into a fifth printing within a year of publication). Volume II (D–H) came out in 1991, and Volume III (I–O) in 1996. Volume IV came out in December 2002.