Important Links

  • Accessing the Dictionary—How you or your institution can subscribe to the online edition or buy the print volumes.
  • Quarterly Updates—All the major updates and additions made to the Dictionary since the online edition was launched can be seen here.
  • Fieldwork Recordings—All the audio recordings made during the original DARE fieldwork can be heard here.

What is DARE

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is a multi-volume reference work that documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another place across the United States… read more…

DARE in the Media

DARE—A Conversation with Joan Hall. Paul Meier, “In a Manner of Speaking,” episode 19, August 2019

14 words and phrases you’ll only hear in the Northeast, Insider, October 10, 2018

Can I have a tonic? No, not that tonic, Boston Globe, May 30, 2018

Why Are Some Boston Area Convenience Stores Called Spas?, 89.7 WGBH, May 22, 2018

DARE News:

11 July 2022: Some good news for smaller institutions! Harvard University Press has recently (at our urging) revised its pricing structure for access to the online edition of the Dictionary.  Personal subscriptions are still a very reasonable $49 a year, but pricing for smaller institutions, including public libraries and secondary schools, is much more attractive than it was. Click here for more information, and consider bringing this to the attention of your librarian.