Do you D.A.R.E. speak English?

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2012/02/28 20:20:57 (permalink)

Do you D.A.R.E. speak English?

It's out in circulation! "The Dictionary of American Regional English"! (DARE)
It it a Hoagie or a Grinder?
Do you wear britches or pants?
Do you go to a Pot Luck or a Pass A Plate?
It's all in The Dictionary of American Regional English" that took over 50 years to compile!
The dictionary was conceived in 1962, when the American Dialect Society asked Fred Cassidy, a UW-Madison English professor, to create a dictionary of dialects of American English.
Cassidy had already conducted a smaller study of regional differences within Wisconsin speech, but beefed up the survey to more than 1,600 questions for DARE.  Graduate students from the UW and many other universities fanned out across the country between 1965 and 1970, sometimes spending days talking with local residents about their words for everything from sandwiches (a dagwood in Iowa and grinder in Connecticut) to the lint under furniture (a dust bunny in much of the country but a dust dolly in New Jersey).
Contributions from university donors, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, private foundations and individuals have sustained DARE over the last half-century. 
  http://dare.wisc.edu/
So all you Roadfood Wordsmiths can hone your verbal skills by using these Volumes to enhance your vocabulary!
Let's hear some unusual ones from your part of the Colonies!
 
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    CCinNJ
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/28 21:41:01 (permalink)
    The clicker in the parlor.
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/29 11:07:21 (permalink)
    That sounds impressive!  I always remember being told "true" Cape Codders spoke of a storm as a Nawth-Eastah, and not a Nore-Easter.  Will have to see if that is in there
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/29 11:25:49 (permalink)
    I grew up in NJ and ate grinders, hoagies, AND subs. Dust bunnies galore, but never a dust dolly. pb
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/29 12:05:49 (permalink)
    Getcha hair did in an updo.
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/29 13:10:38 (permalink)
    At the grocery, do you push a cart or a buggy?
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/29 14:03:29 (permalink)
    fishtaco

    At the grocery, do you push a cart or a buggy?

     
     
    In RI, they call them "carriages".
     
     
    Glenn 
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/29 14:16:05 (permalink)
    New Yorkers stand on line.  Others stand in line.
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/29 16:33:13 (permalink)
    "Creek" in:
     
    Pittsburgh = "crick"
    Virginia = "run"
    Texas = "branch" or, if dry, "gully"
     
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    In Pittsburgh overshoes are "rubbers" ot "galoshes"
    In Texas slippers are "house shoes". 
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2012/02/29 16:40:11
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/29 16:49:31 (permalink)
    I think a crick had to have once had some kind of mill on it to be a "run".
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/02/29 18:59:24 (permalink)
    porkbeaks

    I think a crick had to have once had some kind of mill on it to be a "run".


    Could be, but one of the houses I have "donated" to ex-wives is right on Donaldson Run in Arlington, VA.  Lived there 11 years; didn't see any mills.
     
    But I get your point:  in Pittsburgh - land of the cricks - one of the well-known streets is Sawmill Run Boulevard. 
     
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    Another strange one from my Pittsburgh youth - a lot of people called umbrellas "bumbershoots".
     
    Also, the Lottery retailer was called a "numbers runner" and was considered to be a criminal.  Now that the governments are in toe lottery business I wonder if any of them are still in jail. 
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2012/02/29 19:05:05
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/03/01 08:14:34 (permalink)
    We stand on line for cold cuts.

    Yikes jail is Kearny. Everyone would have had to visit their Nanny & Poppy in Kearny if the numbers sent them there.
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/03/01 21:32:29 (permalink)
    I speak correct english- my father  was a professor, and my co workers are amazed at my vocabulary-cant help it!
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/03/02 09:09:46 (permalink)
    ann peeples

    I speak correct english- my father  was a professor, and my co workers are amazed at my vocabulary-cant help it!


    Two of the Presidential candidates have extreme difficulty with run-on sentences when speaking.  Even though I like much of what they are trying to say, it makes for painful listening.
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/03/02 10:27:21 (permalink)
    porkbeaks

    I grew up in NJ and ate grinders, hoagies, AND subs. Dust bunnies galore, but never a dust dolly. pb

    I grew up in Westchester County (just north of the Bronx) and subs were also known as heroes or wedges.

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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/03/02 10:40:40 (permalink)
    cavandre

    porkbeaks

    I grew up in NJ and ate grinders, hoagies, AND subs. Dust bunnies galore, but never a dust dolly. pb

    I grew up in Westchester County (just north of the Bronx) and subs were also known as heroes or wedges.


    Forgot about heroes. Never saw wedges. pb

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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/03/02 18:37:29 (permalink)
    cavandre

    porkbeaks

    I grew up in NJ and ate grinders, hoagies, AND subs. Dust bunnies galore, but never a dust dolly. pb

    I grew up in Westchester County (just north of the Bronx) and subs were also known as heroes or wedges.


    In Pittsburgh we had hoagies, subs, and heroes.  Didn't learn about grinders until my first visit to Cape Cod. 
     
    Never saw a "wedge" except when walking behind a "plus size" wearing tight shorts.  Not appetizing.
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/03/04 06:57:49 (permalink)
    Local lore had it that a recent Italian immigrant working in an Italian deli had trouble pronouncing "sandwich" & it got mutated to "wedge".
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    Re:Do you D.A.R.E. speak English? 2012/03/04 11:12:31 (permalink)
    The term "wedge" for sub or grinder is because of the shape into which the loaf was usually cut in that small section of Westchester County NY where it was (and maybe still is,) the common name for an Italian cold cut sandwich.
     
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