Education: Hero Wordship

Lexicography views geography

That familiar long sandwich crammed with a meal's worth of edibles—what is it called? In New York it is a hero sandwich; in the South, it is known, unheroically, as a poor boy. Pennsylvanians call it a hoagie, New Englanders a grinder and Floridians a Cuban sandwich.

Such are the discoveries of University of Wisconsin English Professor Emeritus Frederic Cassidy, 71, who so far has spent 13 years laboring to complete the first comprehensive dictionary of American regionalisms. Financed by the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities as well as private foundations, Cassidy...

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