I was excited to learn from a Smithsonian article that there is such a thing as the Dictionary of American Regional English. I could get lost in a book like that. I had a lot of fun just with the examples given in the article. Apparently I use the Midwestern term for the layer of dusty bits lurking under the furniture (I call those fuzzy critters “dust bunnies” and not “dust kitties”). But I might have to switch to “house moss” (the Southern term) because I like it better. And isn’t “pinkletink” (Martha’s Vineyard term for a spring peeper) the cutest word ever?
So I thought DARE would be a great book to own and I was going to put it on my wish list. Then I found that there are five volumes that range in price on Amazon.com from about $90.00 to $115.00 each. Wish list indeed!