A $10,000 gift was received recently from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation of New York on behalf of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE). Begun in 1965, the Dictionary collects and makes accessible in print all the words and expressions that American speakers of the English language use in their sections of the country but which are not used everywhere.
DARE’s Chief Editor Joan Houston Hall says, “Gifts from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation have been instrumental in DARE’s success since 1996. The Foundation helped see us through Volume IV (P-Sk) in 2002, and it has provided essential gifts to allow us to reach the end of the alphabet. Volume V (Sl-Z) will be published by Harvard University Press in March of 2012!
“The current funding will help support the work on Volume VI (a volume of supplementary maps and data that will be of interest to scholars and general word-lovers alike); it will also assist with the transition to a regularly updated electronic edition.”