Delve into the history of DARE, the Dictionary of American Regional English, with LQ contributor Simon Winchester and DARE chief editor Joan Hall.
Simon Winchester discusses his book The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Journalist, broadcaster, and bestselling author, Simon Winchester, tells the remarkable story of Joseph Needham, an eccentric English chemist who wrote a vast book on Chinese science which remains the longest book about China ever written in the English language. Winchester’s lecture on The Man Who Loved China was delivered at the Royal Ontario Museum on October 14, 2010.
There are many names for a sandwich with meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato on a long bun. The Dictionary of American Regional English, whose fifth and final volume has just been published, can tell you where in the country it is called a hero, hoagie, sub, grinder or torpedo. We discuss the distinct local flavor that language can take on, and the work that has gone into documenting it. What are your favorite regional terms or expressions?