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Words Count: A Rantum Scoot through DARE—An exhibition exploring vocabularies, statistics, and text in the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) by Artist/Text Analyst Carrie Roy with assistance from DARE staff Hall and Schnebly can be seen in the lobby of Memorial Library from Nov. 2-Dec. 30th. Go check it out and tell us what you think!

We now have some maps and the data summary for the Online Survey of Wisconsin English posted on our website. They are both works in progress and we will continue to improve what we have and add more results and data from the survey in the coming months. We are also currently working with UW Digital Collections to post the telephone interviews and will announce that here when they are ready. In the meantime, check it out and let us...

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DARE is now able to post new and substantially revised entries on a quarterly basis right here on our website. These entries will be freely available to the public. But don't worry, Digital DARE subscribers! These updates, along with other minor revisions and corrections, will be incorporated into Digital DARE on a yearly basis. For a taste, see our first batch of drafts.

We are so grateful to all who are being so "givey" (generous [DE, VA]) and helping to keep DARE afloat, both here on our website and through the GoFundMe campaign started by DARE friend and @UWMadison librarian @annaklewis: . Keep it up, logophiles!

Connecting the men's basketball Final Four run and all the great words Nigel Hayes has been using to stump stenographers with DARE's current plight, DARE friend and @UWMadison librarian @annaklewis has started a fundraiser to help keep us afloat: Go Badgers! Go DARE!

The DARE API is on the near horizon, and we'd be delighted to hear your suggestions for design specifications and have you pilot the API with an app of your creation. Contact Joan Hall ( with questions and ideas.

We are pleased to announce a special holiday sale by Harvard University Press. Save 50% on annual, individual subscriptions. The sale runs through January 31, 2015.  Gift subscriptions are also available! Use this order form [pdf] or call 617-384-7578.

What's a winter potato? Find out by watching Joan's interview with Jim Peck on Milwaukee Public Television's "I Remember."The program is now available online: MPTV/I Remember/program

Tune in tonight, November 24th at 6:30 pm, for Joan's interview with Jim Peck on "I Remember." The program will also be re-aired at 12:30 AM on the 25th and available at a later date on

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