Link to March 22 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, "Regional dictionary nears Z".
Excerpt: If you don't know a stone toter from a bobbasheely, or aren't sure what a grinder shop sells, the Dictionary of American Regional English is for you.
The collection of regional words and phrases is beloved by linguists and authors and used as a reference in professions as diverse as acting and police work. And now, after five decades of wide-ranging research that sometimes got word-gatherers run out of suspicious small towns, the job is almost finished.
The dictionary team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is nearing completion of the final volume, covering S to Z. A federal grant will help the volume get published next year, joining the first four volumes already in print.