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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...

We are very happy to report that Digital DARE subscription prices are permanently available at the discounted price of $49/year.  Order here!

Quarterly Update 7 invites you to come on down to the bowery dance!  Pennsylvania is bringing some boilo, the upper Great Lake states are making some booya, Louisiana’s got the mason bream ready for frying, and the Rocky Mountain states are putting up the bowery. . . or perhaps just reserving one? Still not convinced to leave your boar's nest? Rumor has it...

We're pleased to say that Harvard University Press is now incorporating our six Quarterly Updates into the digital version of DARE! That means it will very soon include lots of new entries plus many substantially updated and improved entries. Our language keeps changing, and we are tracking the changes! If you'd like DARE to continue this work please help us out by clicking on the "Make a Gift" button or using our Go Fund Me...