Have you ever tasted something that was so wonderful that experiencing it for the first time transported you rapturously to another plane, the food itself rising to the level of the divine, the perfect essence of what that food was supposed to be?
After half a century of research, the monumental Dictionary of American Regional English
is nearing completion. DARE
chief editor Joan H. Hall recently talked to National Public Radio
about the long, arduous journey of the dictionary, which will see its fifth and final volume published next year. As a "rantum scoot" into peculiar American speech, here are some sample regionalisms culled from DARE
As in past months
, we've asked writer and educator Bob Greenman to pick some piquant words from More Words That Make a Difference
, a delightful book illustrating word usage with passages from the Atlantic Monthly
. Here Bob focuses on a "cousins club" of words that eviscerate the empty verbiage of others. Rest assured that Bob provides us with neither blather nor piffle.
Once again we have asked writer and educator Bob Greenman to select some words to mull over from his latest guide to vocabulary enrichment, More Words That Make a Difference
, co-authored with his wife Carol. The book illustrates word usage with passages from the Atlantic Monthly
, and Bob takes a look here at words used by one of the Atlantic
's most famous editors.