A dialect is a non-standard form of language that is used in a particular local region. It's best to avoid regional terms in formal writing as people from another part of the country may not understand them.

Here are some examples of dialect words:

Standard English Dialect
alley ginnel
against agin
child bairn
correctly aright
armpit oxter
asparagus sparrowgrass
sulky mardy
turnip neep
sit set
afraid feart


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