Joined: Dec 11, 2012
Angela Tung is a writer in New York. Her work has appeared in The Week, Quartz, Salon, The Bellingham Review, The Frisky, and elsewhere. She also blogs about words and language at Wordnik. In her spare time, she watches entirely too much TV.
Whether he’s coming to town, doublechecking his list, or kissing your mom, that rotund, rosy-cheeked gift bearer is probably Santa Claus to you. But around the world, he goes by many different names.
Go with 'goozlum' instead of 'gravy' this Thanksgiving.
Is a jack-o'-lantern a 'poke of moonshine' to you? Use these terms from regions around the United States to confuse and delight your fellow trick or treaters.
Tricks aren’t just for kids anymore—nor are trick words! Here are 11 old-timey words for pranks and capers, perfect for when you’re feeling curmudgeonly about Halloween revelers knocking on your door for treats.
Chances are you’ve been using the B.S. word a lot lately, and might be looking to change things up. Look no further than this list of 19 delightful old-timey terms.
Television can be a hotbed of creativity (or mediocrity, depending on who you ask). But it's not just characters and storylines writers are coming up with—they also coin words.
Celebrate National Doughnut Day with this regional slang for the tasty treat, brought to you by the Dictionary of Regional American English (DARE).
While the “Eskimos have 100 words for snow” debate remains up in the (cold, cold) air, we do know—thanks in large part to the folks at the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)—that Americans have no lack of idioms for the chilly white stuff.
The new release of old field recordings from the Dictionary of American Regional English showcase many weird and wonderful words.
From <em>neutral ground</em> to <em>dividance</em> to <em>berm</em>, on the roads of the U.S. there are more names for the median than you might think.
Maligner. Fabricator. Fibber. Con artist. There are all sorts of ways you can say "liar," but in case you're running out, we’ve worked with the editors at the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) to come up with 10 more pieces of lying lingo to
You know to say, “I’ve got dibs!” but what if someone else says, “I wackie that donut,” or “Let's go snacks on it”? You might lose out on some chocolatey goodness. Be prepared by bulking up your dibs vocabulary.