A few years ago, I knew a couple who were both in grad school and lived on Top Ramen and Rice-a-Roni. One Christmas, he saved up for months and gave her an Oxford English dictionary. It was so unexpected and so very much wanted that she cried for months whenever she talked about her gift.
The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) might be a gift like that for me. I love, love, love regional dialects, from Pixburgese to the fine Jersey vernacular, and I love that the DARE explores all those quirky expressions you hear – or read – that make a place more vivid.
And, it’s a might bit cheaper than The OED.
[Thanks to fellow word geek Tina C. for the link.]
Penalty time! 15 yard penalty and ejection from the game for USNews.com for this ever-popular and ever-ridiculous mention of Harlequin’s as “bodice rippers.” HQN’s $4mm profit in the 4th quarter of 2008 (way to go, guys!) made the romance genre one of 10 winners in the recession – along science fiction, fantasy, and humor titles.
Wow, a multi-national corporation turns a profit in one of the worst downturns in recent history and your response is to… bodice rippers? Really? Did you have to go there? Leave the field immediately before I throw something at you.
Please, Harlequin, can you do a novella series wherein each and every heroine has a bodice ripped, but NOT IN THAT WAY, if you know what I mean? I would be so amused!
[Thanks to Ann for the link.]
Heather at the Galaxy Express has a hella-list of DRM-free publishers. Thanks, Heather!
And finally, thanks to Vyc, we have a link to a whoooooole mess of .mp3 files from The April Winchell Show. The one that requires your immediate attention is Fabio teaching you Italian. Specifically, how to say, “There is a party in my pants, and you are the guest of honor.”
Anyone attending RT this year needs to learn this phrase so we can gather at the bar like saucy, savvy Italian wannabes.