Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume III: I-O

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Dip into the Dictionary of American Regional English and enter the rich, endlessly entertaining, ever-changing world of American speech. Learn what a Minnesota grandma is making when she fixes lefse, what a counterman in a Buffalo deli means by kimmelweck or a Hawaiian baker puts into a malassada. Find out what kids on the streets of New York are doing when they play Johnny-on-the-pony or off-the-point, what Southerners do when they use their tom walkers, what the folks in Oklahoma and Texas celebrate on Juneteenth and those in some parts of Wisconsin at a kermis.

Like its enormously popular predecessors, this volume captures the language of our lives, from east to west, north to south, urban to rural, childhood to old age. Here are the terms that distinguish us, one from the other, and knit us together in one vast, colorful tapestry of imperfect, perfectly enchanting speech. More than five hundred maps show where you might be if you looked in a garden and saw moccasin flowers, indian cigars, or lady peas; if you encountered a bullfrog and cried, "jugarum!"; or came upon a hover fly and exclaimed, "newsbee!" And here, at long last, is an explanation of what the madstone and the money cat portend.

Built upon an unprecedented survey of spoken English across America and bolstered by extensive historical research, the Dictionary of American Regional English preserves a language that lives and dies as we breathe. It will amuse and inform, delight and instruct, and keep alive the speech that we have made our own, and that has made us who we are.

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We Dictionary of American Regional English fans who've been hemmed in by the Hs for too long can celebrate; Volume III has arrived. Finally one can troll I-O, collecting gems like jug-handle, kyoodle, lip battle, meech, numpy, and ouchy (treat unfairly, mutt, argument, cringe, dolt, and irritable) along the way. String them together they become: "If you jug-handle that kyoodle and make him meech, you ouchy numpy, we're bound for a real lip battle." It makes a jim-dandy of an American English sentence.

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Frederic G. Cassidy was Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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