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Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume IV : P-Sk
by Frederic Gomes Cassidy and Joan Houston Hall

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Every page in this new volume of the "Dictionary of American Regional English" makes it wonderfully clear that regional expressions still flourish throughout the United States.

Depending on where you live, your conversation may include such beguiling terms as "paddybass" (North Carolina), "pinkwink" (Cape Cod), or "scallyhoot" (West); 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"; if your youngsters play hopscotch, they may call it "potsy" in Manhattan, but "sky blue" in Chicago.  Read more...


 
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More About Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume IV by Frederic Gomes Cassidy; Joan Houston Hall
 
 
 
Overview

Every page in this new volume of the "Dictionary of American Regional English" makes it wonderfully clear that regional expressions still flourish throughout the United States.

Depending on where you live, your conversation may include such beguiling terms as "paddybass" (North Carolina), "pinkwink" (Cape Cod), or "scallyhoot" (West); 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"; if your youngsters play hopscotch, they may call it "potsy" in Manhattan, but "sky blue" in Chicago.

Like the popular first three volumes of "DARE," the fourth is a treasure-trove of linguistic gems, a book that invites exclamation, delight, and wonder. More than six hundred maps pinpoint where you might live if your favorite card games are sheepshead and skat; if you eat "pan dulce" rather than "pain perdu"; if you drive down a "red dog road" or make a purchase at a "racket store"; or if you look out your window and see a "parka squirrel" or a "quill pig."

The language of our everyday lives is captured in "DARE," along with expressions our grandparents used but our children will never know. Based on thousands of interviews across the country, the "Dictionary of American Regional English" presents our language in its infinite variety. Word lovers will delight in the wit and wisdom found in the quotations that illustrate each entry, and will prize the richness and diversity of our spoken and written culture.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780674008847
  • ISBN-10: 0674008847
  • Publisher: Belknap Press
  • Publish Date: December 2002
  • Page Count: 1014

Series: Dictionary of American Regional English #1

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