There are many names for a sandwich with meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato on a long bun. The Dictionary of American Regional English, whose fifth and final volume has just been published, can tell you where in the country it is called a hero, hoagie, sub, grinder or torpedo. We discuss the distinct local flavor that language can take on, and the work that has gone into documenting it. What are your favorite regional terms or expressions?
Joan Houston Hall, chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English
Erin McKean, member of DARE Board of Visitors and founder and CEO Wordnik, an online dictionary that shows definitions from multiple sources