What We Say Here: an American Regional Dictionary Explores the Power of Place


Can a person fall in love with a dictionary? If the work in question is the Dictionary of American Regional English, which has just published its fifth volume, Sl-Z, the answer appears to be yes.

"I hope people look at DARE," as the series is known, "and fall in love with it just the way anyone who starts to use it ends up doing," says Michael Adams, an associate professor of English at Indiana University at Bloomington.

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