DARE is a multi-volume reference work that documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another place across the United States. The digital version transforms the dictionary into an interactive, multimedia tool that benefits scholarly inquiry and general curiosity.
DARE is based on face-to-face interviews carried out in all 50 states of the U.S. between 1965 and 1970 and on a comprehensive collection of written materials (diaries, letters, novels, histories, etc.) that cover our history from the colonial period to the present. The entries in DARE include regional pronunciations, variant forms, some etymologies, and regional and social distributions of the words and phrases. A striking feature of DARE is its in-text maps, which show where words were found in the 1,002 communities investigated during the fieldwork.