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.

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
Your Favorite Backstreet Boys Song Is Even Better In Chinese
Are You a Fan or a Freak? 8 Terms for Enjoying Something (And the Subtle Differences Between Them)
A Musical Guide to Tricky British Proper Names
Follow Along with a Conversation in Doric Scots
23 Hipster Baby Name Ideas From The Dictionary of Medieval Names
Norway Readathon of Terms of Use for Apps Lasts 32 Hours
Raising a DeafBlind Baby
Is it Anxiety-Ridden or -Riddled?
12 Splendid Portraits of Immigrants Arriving at Ellis Island
The Biggest Changes on the New SSA Baby Name List
Animation of Emigration to the U.S. Since 1820
42 of the Best Least Popular Baby Names From 100 Years Ago
The ABC of Architects
The 9 Best Parts of a Legal Brief on Behalf of Klingon Speakers
7 Words That Have Changed Stages in the New Edition of 'Modern English Usage'
Map of the Word for ‘Plastic Bag’ in the Dialects of France
The Story of American Sign Language
Qur’an Memorizers Who Don’t Speak Arabic Learn Grammar from Statistics Alone
6 Wonderful Galician Words for the Rain in Spain
Burger King Finally Utters First Words for National American Sign Language Day
Where Does ‘Rigmarole’ Come From?
17 Utterly Charming Articles on Scots Wikipedia
8 Languages With Different Names for Harry Potter's Hogwarts Houses
Horrible Jargon We've Totally Gotten Used To
12 Words Etymologically Related to the Sense of Taste
Defining the Times: 8 Words People Looked Up the Week of 3/20
Learn to Sing Adele's "Hello" in Latin
Defining the Times: 9 Words People Looked Up the Week of 3/13
Help Create a Dictionary of Southern California Words
The Double Vocabulary of English
Defining the Times: 10 Words People Looked Up This Week
100 People Agreed to be Tattooed for This Animated Ad
25 Words Turning 25 in 2016
Words That Are Their Own Opposites
Defining the Times: What Campaign Words are we Looking Up?
16 Words You Might Be Surprised Are 100 Years Old
Why Is It 'Eleven, Twelve' Instead of 'Oneteen, Twoteen'?
40 Words Turning 40 In 2016
The Story of the Umlaut
9 Little Translation Mistakes That Caused Big Problems
The Grammar of 'Top Chef': What’s With 'It Eats Salty'?
14 Bowl Competitions to Look For if Football’s Not For You
French Phrases Hidden in English Words
10 Words With Difficult-to-Remember Meanings
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