Monday, March 23, 2009


On to Z! Quirky regional dictionary nears finish: "MADISON, Wis. – If you don't know a stone toter from Adam's off ox, or aren't sure what a grinder shop sells, the Dictionary of American Regional English is for you.

The collection of regional words and phrases is beloved by linguists and authors and used as a reference in professions as diverse as acting and police work. And now, after five decades of wide-ranging research that sometimes got word-gatherers run out of suspicious small towns, the job is almost finished.

The dictionary team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is nearing completion of the final volume, covering 'S' to 'Z.' A new federal grant will help the volume get published next year, joining the first four volumes already in print."

Hat tip to Angela Crider.


Todd Mason said...

One might be forgiven for not knowing what a grinder shop sells, specifically, around here in Philadelphia, where some distinction is made by some between the "New England-style grinder" and the presumably more locally obvious submarine sandwich. How strictly define a hero (vs. gyro) is adds similar wrinkles.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I'm sure Alvin requires its own volume.

WV: Facqu. Yeah, well facqu, too.