Dialect

A dialect is a nonstandard form of language that is used in a particular local region. It's best to avoid regional terms in formal writing—for example, Americans in the Pacific Northwest may not be familiar with terms commonly used in the Southeast, and so they may not understand them, or they may unfairly interpret them as ignorance.

Here are some examples of dialect words included in the US English Dictionary.

Standard English

Dialect

Example

against

agin

Whatever she says, I'm agin it.

 

correctly

aright

Did I hear that aright?

around

along about

He generally leaves along about daylight.

asparagus

sparrowgrass

We cooked up a bunch of young sparrowgrass.

creek

crick

It was by a crick in Bixby Canyon.

sit

set

Just set there and wait your turn.

 

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