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Arika Okrent

Writes about: language

Linguist, author of In the Land of Invented Languages, living in Chicago, doing her part to fight off the cot-caught merger and keep "gym shoes" alive.

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11 Terms from a Knock-Your-Socks-Off 1943 Song about Slang
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7 Geeky-Cool Translations of Hamlet
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17 Overly Optimistic Book Titles
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7 Book Dedications that Basically Say "Screw You"
Big Question
How Many Languages is it Possible to Know?
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4 Defenses of the Hamantash from the Latke-Hamantash Debate
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7 Words That Came About from People Getting Them Wrong
Animals
Bella, Cha Cha Man, Boogles, Fido, Mopsulus: Dog Naming Trends Through the Ages
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Latina vivit: 7 Ways to Be Ready Next Time News Breaks in Latin
Big Question
Iko iko wan dey: What Do the Words of the Mardi Gras Song Mean?
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11 Cynical Proverbs About Love From Around the World
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18 Complicated Scientific Ideas Explained Simply
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Singing the ABCs in 8 Different Languages
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The Art of Reviling: 10 Tips for Criticizing People More Effectively
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7 Common Words With Little-Known Relatives
Big Question
How Many Words Do Eskimos Really Have for Snow?
Fun
The Best Shots Fired in the Oxford Comma Wars
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Terms for the Penis Among American College Students
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The Cupertino Effect: 11 Spell Check Errors that Made it to Press
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8 Words of the Year from Other Countries
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The American Dialect Society's Word of the Year Is Hashtag
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25 of the Happiest Words in English
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12 Mind Blowing Number Systems From Other Languages
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12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted
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8 Great Arguments from the Latke-Hamentash Debate
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5 Songs from the Eurovision for Endangered Languages, Liet International
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How Do Computers Understand Speech?
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11 Movie Chess Scenes Where The Board Is Set Up Wrong
Words
11 Suffixes That Gave Us New, Often Terrible Words
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Why Do Sign Language Interpreters Look So Animated?
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24 Useful Words From Laádan, a Language Invented to Express a Woman's Point of View
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11 Common Words With Very Specific Meanings on Food Labels
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16 Words That Are Much Older Than They Seem
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