The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)—representing the full panoply of American regional vocabulary, from Adam’s housecat to Zydeco—has long been consulted by a wide range of scholars and lovers of language. The digital version transforms the dictionary into an interactive, multimedia tool and is available now at daredictionary.com.
For information on Digital DARE site access or to inquire about a free trial for your institution, contact: [email protected].
Praise for Digital DARE:
“Since 1965, linguists, lexicographers, and wordsmiths have been waiting for the editors of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) ... to reach the end of the alphabet. They gifted us with the fifth and final volume last year, and now the whole thing is available online ... DARE is a much different English than we are used to seeing gathered in one place ... It was worth the wait.”
—John McWhorter, New Republic
“An epic compendium that’s been in the works since 1965. Now, it’s done and all 60,000 words are available on a great interactive site.”
—Sadie Stein, Paris Review
Watch video (featuring Erin McKean and Emily Arkin) here.
Dartmouth Medal, American Library Association
A New Yorker Best Book of the Year
A Smithsonian Top Book of the Year
“Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use” Selection, The Millions
Praise for DARE in Print:
“To open its pages is to thrill at the exploration of the New World and to trace the course of American history through its language… Its editors…have caught the native poetry of America on every page.”
—Fred Strebeigh, Smithsonian
“An invaluable guide to the way Americans not only speak but also live … Over the years DARE has been consulted by Broadway dialect coaches, detectives analyzing ransom notes, scholars puzzling over a Eudora Welty reference to ‘piecing’ (that is, snacking) and poets looking to mine its 170-plus synonyms for dust bunnies.”
—Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times
Visit the Digital DARE site
See all DARE print volumes
Follow DARE on Twitter for a word a day
Visit the Harvard University Press DARE page for more links and resources