Category Archives: Dialects

2010 Australian word of the year: googleganger

Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary announced their word of the year (WOTY) for 2010 yesterday: googleganger 'goohguhlganguh [American dialects end in “-ur” for many] noun a person with the same name as oneself, whose online references are mixed with one’s own among … Continue reading

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‘Dictionary of American Regional English’ nearly complete and tweets

If you’re interested in American dialect words, look no further than the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE). The nearly completed multi-volume dictionary (with Volume I, A–C released in 1985 and Volume V, Slab–Z due in 2011 [Fall 2010 newsletter]) … Continue reading

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Video: ‘Talking to Zoo Animals’

[my video] Here’s my story of talking to zoo animals and imitating their calls. It’s a true story, but I took some dramatic license. I didn’t actually wear glasses as a young child. And I don’t remember the monkeys’ food … Continue reading

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2007 US words of the year, vote for Australia’s

In addition to the already posted locavore from the New Oxford American Dictionary (Vote for Webster’s 2007 Word of the Year; Visual Dictionary) and w00t! from Merriam-Webster (Merriam-Webster’s 2007 Word of the Year), the latter from an online poll: Webster’s … Continue reading

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English-dialect link roundup

Here are some links about a variety of dialects of English: Recording Highland Scots Cromarty fisher dialect (20 short audio interviews of octogenarians Bobby and Gordon Hogg) Compiling a Yorkshire dictionary (including the terms attercop, ettle, and pafalled) Revising a … Continue reading

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U.K. vs. U.S. Harry Potter; French Potter dictionary

Given the complete lack of coverage by any print, television, or online source, you’re probably unaware that the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury Publishing), went on sale today. In honor of this … Continue reading

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2007 update for U.K. and U.S. dictionaries

Last month U.K. dictionary publisher Collins (site) came out with its ninth edition, including some recent words. Now U.S. dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster (site) has released its 2007 update. The U.K. words don’t move me one way or the other, but … Continue reading

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MS Office to embrace regional Britishisms

Coming soon, from the people who brought you sickie (“sick day”; see my November post: MS Office embraces Australianisms): British regional dialect words for Microsoft Office 2007 products. You can offer your suggestions to judge Jonathan Robinson, curator of English … Continue reading

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‘The Pirate Primer’ book (Arrr!)

For all your high-seas skulduggery needs: The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues by George Choundas ISBN: 978-1-58297-489-7 $19.99, hardcover, 484p This book is not only a dictionary but a grammar as well with examples from historical … Continue reading

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U.S. and U.K. youth-slang quizzes

Here are two youth-slang quizzes you can try: a U.S. one and a U.K. one. On the U.S. one, I missed two out of twenty. On the U.K. one, I missed eight out of ten. I’m familiar with some of … Continue reading

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