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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.

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
What Is ‘gh’ Doing in So Many English Words?
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?
11 Little-Known Words for Specific Family Members
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
12 Interpretations of Modern Art According to an Emoji Assigner
Hear the Pop Song "Pompeii" Sung in the Language of Pompeii
11 Words of the Year from Around the World
Why Does ‘a Quarter of’ Mean the Same Thing as ‘a Quarter to’?
9 Emojis That Look Completely Different on Other Phones
Why Do Animals Make Different Sounds in Different Languages?
The American Dialect Society's Word of the Year is 'They'
How Morticians Reinvented Their Job Title
Hear Ed Sheeran Sing Irish Version of "Thinking Out Loud"
Why Do We Say 'Merry' Just for Christmas?
7 Sentences That Sound Crazy But Are Still Grammatical
Scrabble Ad Turns The Holidays Around With 'Antigrams'
Why Is 'Wednesday' Spelled Like That?
How To Wrap A Present With Mathematical Precision (and Waste Less Paper)
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year is ‘Ism’
How Did ‘Gross’ Become a Term of Disgust?
ASL Version of 'Rudolph' Shows Amazing Storytelling Skills
The Washington Post Style Guide Now Accepts Singular ‘They’
Word Origins Hiding in Plain Sight
Learn ASL Internet Lingo With Top Model Nyle DiMarco
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