The Dictionary of American Regional English showcases the diverse dialects of different areas of the United States. From whoopensocker to juglum, these wacky words record the history of American lingo.
The project, a series of five volumes, began in 1962 when Frederic Cassidy, a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was appointed editor of the first dictionary that highlighted the diversity of the American language.
The fifth and final volume will be published in March, 50 years after its inception. It will cover Sl through Z, from "slab" to "zydeco."
Definition: Something extraordinary of its kind; a large or strong drink
Example: "After the day I had, I need a whoopensocker."
Definition: A noisy quarrel
Example: "You caused quite an upscuddle yesterday when you insulted that man's mother."
Region: Southern Appalachian
Definition: Untidy, messy
Example: "You better clean out the garage before the guests get here. It's looking pretty strubbly."
Region: Pennsylvania German
Definition: A dance to which women invite men
Example: "Who are you going to invite to the tolo tonight?"
Region: Washington state
Definition: To knock something over
Example: "He was in such a rush, he tumped over the whole stack of papers."
Region: The South
Definition: A viscous food such as a sauce, gravy or pudding
Example: "Can you pass the goozlum for the potatoes?"
Definition: Dust or lint that collects in pockets, under beds and in similar places
Example: "There was so much flug under the couch, not even a mouse would go under there."
Region: Southern California, Kansas
Definition: The throat as a whole, or specifically the gullet, windpipe or Adam's apple
Example: "I woke up with a sore goozle this morning."
Region: Gulf Region
Definition: The sound made by a frog
Example: "That frog and his jugarum kept me up all night."
Definition: A young frog
Example: "I could hear the pinkletinks out in the swamp."
Region: Martha's Vineyard
Definition: A storage closet or similar space in a house
Example: "Check in the rumpelkammer. I throw just about everything in there."