29 Obscure Regional Words and Phrases We All Should Start Using | Mental Floss

Via Mental Floss: ‘The Dictionary of American Regional English, or DARE, contains all of the weird and wonderful words and phrases that make up the vocabulary of the 50 states. First published in 1985, the catalog of regional nuances is an ever-evolving document of American English as it’s spoken—but recently, DARE has fallen into danger due to lack of funding. A campaign is underway to raise $25,000 to help the organization retain its employees and continue its mission. To celebrate DARE and the treasures it contains, here are 29 words that should really extend beyond their regions….’

Interesting — not many of these are from the Northeast, and I have only ever heard one of the 29 (#7) used in conversation. If you come from a different region of the US, do some of the listed terms from your region sound familiar? Are they anything you have actually encountered?

2 thoughts on “29 Obscure Regional Words and Phrases We All Should Start Using | Mental Floss

  1. #7 and #13. not convinced by most of these, but probably you can pick up anything by context…

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  2. Blue norther, toad strangler and larruping are words I heard quite a bit in Oklahoma, although only from natives of the region. Futz and lagniappe are familiar, but we always said “nibby” instead of nebby. I think a lot of regional expressions are dying out, and it’s too bad.

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