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Dictionary of American Regional English: A-C

Frederic Cassidy,Frederic Gomes Cassidy

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ISBN 10: 0674205111 / ISBN 13: 9780674205116
Published by Belknap Pr, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1985
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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4to three volumes, in very good condition, "Long in gestation, having been an original goal of the American Dialect Society in 1889, DARE is the result of 25 years of sustained work by its editor, with support from the NEH, universities, institutions, hundreds of volunteers, and 2,777 informants. Entries give definitions; pronunciation; alternative forms; examples; dated. Bookseller Inventory # 109899

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Title: Dictionary of American Regional English: A-C

Publisher: Belknap Pr, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Corner Clipped

Book Type: book

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This series captures the language spoken on America's main streets and country roads, words and phrases passed along within homes and communities, from east to west, north to south, childhood to old age. Built upon an unprecedented survey of spoken English across America and bolstered by extensive historical research, DARE preserves the language with all its idioms and peculiarities.

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William Safire calls it "The most exciting linguistic project going on in the United States," and I'd have to agree. Dictionary of American Regional English is a corker (thing of remarkable quality or strength). There's nothing cheesy (low-grade, cheap) or cold potato (dull, boring, or worthless) about it. It's such couthy (amiable) reading that it's hard to raise your conkhouse (lift your head) and agress (move forward and make progress).

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