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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.

Language
16 Expletives We Should Definitely Bring Back
Big Question
Is There Such a Thing as Not Having an Accent?
Language
Watch a Song from 'Hamilton' Performed in ASL
Words
26 Fancy, Unusual Plurals That Work Like “Attorneys General”
Language
Brits and Americans Have Totally Different Ideas of What ‘Frown’ Means
Books
9 Splendiferous Words from the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
List
20 Towns Named for Other Towns But Pronounced Differently
Language
4 More Unofficial Rules Native English Speakers Don't Realize They Know
Infographic
How A Word Gets Into the Dictionary
Language
5 Annoying Latin Errors from an Ancient List That Predicted Latin's Descendants
Videos
The Fingerspelled Alphabet in 10 Different Sign Languages
Big Question
Why are “Pound” and “Ounce” Abbreviated as “lb” and “oz”?
Sports
Athletes Are Finally Getting Accent Marks On Their Jerseys
Words
21 Fancy Medical Terms for Mundane Problems
Language
The Wisconsin Town That Didn't Learn English for Five Generations
TV
18 Academic Papers About '90s TV Shows
Words
How to Tell Whether You've Got Angst, Ennui, or Weltschmerz
Fun
27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names
Videos
Take an ASL Tour of the West Wing with the Deaf Receptionist Who Works There
Fun
In Search of That Authentic Philly Accent
Big Question
What Does "The" Mean?
Language
11 Fun Facts About the International Phonetic Alphabet
Music
The Peppy '80s Song "Vamos a la Playa" Was About Nuclear War
Fun
Denmark and Sweden Go To War (On Twitter)
Books
Learn Cree For 'Wi-Fi' And 'Tim Horton's' With New Book
Words
15 Adorably Wunderbar German Terms of Endearment
Language
Your Favorite Backstreet Boys Song Is Even Better In Chinese
Words
Are You a Fan or a Freak? 8 Terms for Enjoying Something (And the Subtle Differences Between Them)
Language
A Musical Guide to Tricky British Proper Names
Language
Follow Along with a Conversation in Doric Scots
Fun
23 Hipster Baby Name Ideas From The Dictionary of Medieval Names
TV
Norway Readathon of Terms of Use for Apps Lasts 32 Hours
Language
Raising a DeafBlind Baby
Big Question
Is it Anxiety-Ridden or -Riddled?
Pretty Pictures
12 Splendid Portraits of Immigrants Arriving at Ellis Island
Fun
The Biggest Changes on the New SSA Baby Name List
Videos
Animation of Emigration to the U.S. Since 1820
History
42 of the Best Least Popular Baby Names From 100 Years Ago
Videos
The ABC of Architects
Language
The 9 Best Parts of a Legal Brief on Behalf of Klingon Speakers
Language
7 Words That Have Changed Stages in the New Edition of 'Modern English Usage'
Afternoon Map
Map of the Word for ‘Plastic Bag’ in the Dialects of France
Videos
The Story of American Sign Language
Language
Qur’an Memorizers Who Don’t Speak Arabic Learn Grammar from Statistics Alone
Language
6 Wonderful Galician Words for the Rain in Spain
Language
Burger King Finally Utters First Words for National American Sign Language Day
Big Question
Where Does ‘Rigmarole’ Come From?
Fun
17 Utterly Charming Articles on Scots Wikipedia
Language
8 Languages With Different Names for Harry Potter's Hogwarts Houses
Words
Horrible Jargon We've Totally Gotten Used To
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