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Editor Joan Houston Hall holds the final volume of the newly completed Dictionary of American Regional English in her office in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo)

Dictionary covers regional vocabulary from A to Z

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Order a sloppy Joe in North or South Dakota, and the waiter may give you a blank stare. The popular beef-on-a-bun sandwich is known to some there as a slushburger. People from parts of the West and Midwest call theirs a Spanish hamburger. And in northwest Iowa? It's a tavern.


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