$15,298 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 161 people in 47 months
Bobbasheely, Catty-godlin, Ramstugious, Upscuddle, Willywags


Martha Barnette, co-host of “A Way with Words,” put it this way:

“Recently in the language world, something happened that might be described as the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the Fourth of July, New Year’s, three scoops of ice cream, and a new kitten all rolled into one…I’m talking about the fact that the magnificent six volume Dictionary of American Regional English is now available online.”

But lack of funding for DARE threatens to stop the project in its tracks. Without significant new resources, all but one staff member must leave.

As reported in Time , the Boston Globe , the New York Times , the Huffington Post , and the Guardian, closure would halt not just the ongoing recording of changes in American English, but the effort to create an API for DARE that would make its treasures available through various apps, and the project to anonymize DARE’s collection of 1,843 audio recordings so that they can be freely available.

Please consider donating so that DARE can continue to record and celebrate the diversity of our American dialects.

Joan Houston Hall, Chief Editor, DARE

All proceeds will go to the Dictionary of American Regional English. For other ways to contribute, please go here .
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Dear friends of DARE,

You have been marvelously supportive of our work, many of you for years and even decades! I am extremely grateful for your caring and your generosity.

As most of you know, the project is winding down now after fifty-five years. While we will not have a permanent staff, it is my hope that my successor, George Goebel, will be able to continue adding entries to the digital version of DARE ( With royalties and some gifts, he could work at a very reduced percentage of time, but still make progress with our Quarterly Updates. I will continue to assist as a volunteer.

If, in determining your year-end contributions, you would like to make a gift to DARE, it will be accepted with thanks and gratitude. It has been a long and successful run, and we could not have done it without you.

Happy New Year, and all good wishes for 2018!

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Good news about the digital version of DARE: Harvard University Press has lowered the cost of an individual subscription to $49 per year!
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I'm happy to announce that Harvard University Press has reduced the price for an individual subscription to the digital version of DARE to $49! Here is the link:
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We're pleased to say that Harvard University Press is now incorporating our six Quarterly Updates into the digital version of DARE! That means it will very soon include lots of new entries plus many substantially updated and improved entries. Our language keeps changing, and we are tracking the changes!
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$15,298 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 161 people in 47 months
Created March 31, 2015
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Cynthia Cheney
2 months ago

Language is important, and regional language is part of our country's richness. Regional usages change over time or are lost to conformity with national usage, so it is vital to study and record.

Robert Moore
13 months ago

Delighted that the DARE effort will be moving forward, even if on a more modest scale.

Alesia McManus
13 months ago

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