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11 Funny Words From The Dictionary of American Regional English

Posted: 04/19/2012 10:49 am

From the Oxford University Press blog

There are some things I love to an unhealthy degree, such as The Shield, Russian imperial stouts, George Carlin's comedy, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and Evil Dead 2. My heart beats equally fast for the Dictionary of American Regional English, which recently published its long-awaited final volume.

I wrote about euphemisms from DARE - which documents terms from every nook and cranny of the US -- in my Evasive Maneuvers column for Visual Thesaurus, but I didn't come close to plumbing the depths. Here are a few more terms I find useful, amusing, or just flat-out wonderful. They are as American as apple pie and Richard Nixon, but better for your health. Use them in your tweets, toasts, and testimony as needed.

Read more at the Oxford University Press blog!

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Like smidge, this southern word always means a tiny amount of something, often food. Citations show people discussing smidgets of corn, cake, cream, trouble, and other delicacies.
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