Regarding Reid Wilson’s Dec. 3 GovBeat excerpt, “A regional tour of American English” [news]:

How could Long Island University’s Robert Delaney, in putting together his map of American English, have overlooked the wonderful dialects of Bawlmer, Merlin, where the residents still warsh their ungyons over the zink, repair their payments with seement, put out fars with warter, take their vacations downy-ocean, eat Bueg Pal’s barbeque at Oh-riole Park and, of course, take their kids every Christmas to see Sandy-Claws? C’mon, man!

Charles Nieberding, Baltimore