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.

Why Do People Say 'Bias' Instead of 'Biased'?
Fun With the Great American Word Mapper
'Dumpster Fire' and 4 Other Words of the Year Chosen by The American Dialect Society
25 Words Turning 25 in 2017
11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way
Where Does ‘Ditto’ Come From?
13 Items Labeled “American” in Other Countries
Peru Debuts Quechua Language News Broadcast
The Word of The Year In Australia Is ‘Democracy Sausage’
Trivium: The 3 Classical Liberal Arts of Language
What Does 'Ms.' Stand For?
ASL 'Polar Express' Shows Off Developing Language Skills
Wisconsin Mall Features Santa Who Can Sign
4 Ideas From Linguistics to Help You Appreciate 'Arrival'
8 Things You Might Not Know About Vowels
15 Perfect Metaphors Hidden in Word Etymologies
What Different Languages Call Sunny Side Up Eggs
These Deaf Kids Have A Message for You
9 Phrases the Cubs Gave Baseball
Lookups of 'Ombre' Spiked During Debate After "Bad Hombres" Comment
Monumental Scholarly Dictionary of Slang Is Now Online
Recharting Old Territory: Explore This New Interactive Exhibit of a 1507 World Map
Dumbbells, Barbells, Kettlebells—Why Do We Call Weights "Bells"?
Semi-, Hemi-, Demi-: What’s the Difference?
5 Surprising Facts About Swearing
Lookups of 'Lepo' Spiked During Debate Discussion of Aleppo
Watch These Sisters Create Awesome Spontaneous Pop Songs in ASL
7 Delightful Dickensian Words
The Origin of the Word 'Slang' Has Been Found
16 Expletives We Should Definitely Bring Back
Is There Such a Thing as Not Having an Accent?
Watch a Song from 'Hamilton' Performed in ASL
26 Fancy, Unusual Plurals That Work Like “Attorneys General”
Brits and Americans Have Totally Different Ideas of What ‘Frown’ Means
20 Towns Named for Other Towns But Pronounced Differently
4 More Unofficial Rules Native English Speakers Don't Realize They Know
How A Word Gets Into the Dictionary
5 Annoying Latin Errors from an Ancient List That Predicted Latin's Descendants
The Fingerspelled Alphabet in 10 Different Sign Languages
Athletes Are Finally Getting Accent Marks On Their Jerseys
18 Academic Papers About '90s TV Shows
How to Tell Whether You've Got Angst, Ennui, or Weltschmerz
27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names
Take an ASL Tour of the West Wing with the Deaf Receptionist Who Works There
In Search of That Authentic Philly Accent
What Does "The" Mean?
11 Fun Facts About the International Phonetic Alphabet
The Peppy '80s Song "Vamos a la Playa" Was About Nuclear War
Denmark and Sweden Go To War (On Twitter)
Learn Cree For 'Wi-Fi' And 'Tim Horton's' With New Book
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