Whoopensocker Alert! Dictionary Highlights U.S. Dialects

PHOTO: A close-up of a frog with an inflating throat.Getty Images
A close-up of a frog with an inflating throat.

intro: 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."

quicklist: 1 url: title: Whoopensocker

text: Definition: Something extraordinary of its kind; a large or strong drink

Example: "After the day I had, I need a whoopensocker."

Region: Wisconsin

media: 15489864 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 2 url: title: Upscuddle

text: Definition: A noisy quarrel

Example: "You caused quite an upscuddle yesterday when you insulted that man's mother."

Region: Southern Appalachian

media: 15489852 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 3 url: title: Strubbly

text: Definition: Untidy, messy

Example: "You better clean out the garage before the guests get here. It's looking pretty strubbly."

Region: Pennsylvania German

media: 15489839 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 4 url: title: Tolo

text: Definition: A dance to which women invite men

Example: "Who are you going to invite to the tolo tonight?"

Region: Washington state

media: 15489827 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 5 url: title: Tump over

text: Definition: To knock something over

Example: "He was in such a rush, he tumped over the whole stack of papers."

Region: The South

media: 15489816 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 6 url: title: Goozlum

text: Definition: A viscous food such as a sauce, gravy or pudding

Example: "Can you pass the goozlum for the potatoes?"

Region: Arizona

media: 15489777 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 7 url: title: Flug

text: 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

media: 15489750 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 8 url: title: Goozle

text: 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

media: 15489708 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 9 url: title: Jugarum

text: Definition: The sound made by a frog

Example: "That frog and his jugarum kept me up all night."

Region: Northeast

media: 15489658 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 10 url: title: Pinkletink

text: Definition: A young frog

Example: "I could hear the pinkletinks out in the swamp."

Region: Martha's Vineyard

media: 15489584 caption: do not use related:

quicklist: 11 url: title: Rumpelkammer

text: Definition: A storage closet or similar space in a house

Example: "Check in the rumpelkammer. I throw just about everything in there."

Region: Michigan

media: 15489567 caption: do not use related: