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This quarter’s harvest of new and revised material features a large group of terms related to games, especially  the ancient and widespread game called—among many other things—tipcat. You take a small stick with tapered ends called—among many other things—a cat, hit it on one end to make it pop in the air, and then hit it again as far as you can. Sometimes...

Quarterly Update 13 marks the beginning of the fourth year of our series of new and revised entries. As always, they are posted and will remain on this site for everyone to see. The total is now over 500, and the full list is on the page All Updated Entries. Be sure to check back in November for the next installment.

 

If you have been lying awake nights wondering why Rhode Islanders call milk shakes “cabinets,” help is at hand in the latest Quarterly Update! (And if you didn’t even know this was a problem, here’s your chance to plug a serious hole in your general knowlege.) This Update is a bit shorter than usual, but it also includes four revised senses that have been antedated by more than 110 years—...

We call ourselves having an interesting batch of new and revised entries for you once again. Not familiar with this idiom? See the greatly expanded entry call oneself in this Update! And speaking of calling people, do you know what it means to call someone out of his or her name? That too is covered, at call v 9. (...

Quarterly Update 10 starts the new year off with a bang with the fine old tradition of an anvil salute. Take two anvils and a pound of gunpowder. . .—what could go wrong? Plenty, it turns out, as the quotations for this and the related entries make clear. Please don't try this at home! And if that’s not enough mischief, this update also includes not only ...

It just might be worth bumming school for! Go here to learn all kinds of interesting things—like, what a hay sweep is (along with an impressive variety of names for this specific piece of farm machinery). Find out why it can be attached to horses, a tractor, or some other vehicle, but probably not a buggy. You’ll also learn a whole bunch (fly) of names for those flies that hang out in your...

Fifty years ago, DARE Fieldworkers recorded conversations with people from all across the United States. Now these recordings are available online at UW–Madison's Digital Collections Center for free. Read press release [pdf]. We encourage everyone to explore this time capsule of...

The first in a series of secondary and post-secondary curricula which uses DARE is now available. Learn more here. You can also read all about it in the latest issue of American Speech, May 2017.

ICYMI: This spring, Quarterly Updates 1-6 were incorporated into HUP's Digital DARE along with some other minor revisions and corrections. HUP has created a page that lists the new and revised entries and senses. But, of course, you can still view them here on our project site  too.

What do you call the small, freshwater crayfish around here? Apparently, many things! Quarterly Update 8 is full of crawdaddies, crawcrabs, crawjinnies, and other variants that we hope don’t stick in your craw. If they do, you can wash them all down with some boomba or cane beer. Though this may inflict you with the simples and turn your ordinary event into a bounce-around (party...