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.

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
6 Grammar Lessons Hidden in Christmas Songs
5 of the Hottest Baby-Naming Trends of 2015
Why Does Germany Have So Many Different Names?
Why Do Some People Say "Yuge" Instead of "Huge"?
Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year Is an Emoji
15 Basic Words That Are Etymological Mysteries
How One Institution is Helping to Revive the Lakota Language
12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms
Why Did ‘Disabled’ Replace ‘Handicapped’ As the Preferred Term?
Translation Error Announces "Clitoris Festival" in Spain
7 Things You Should Know About Sign Language
8 Ancient Writing Systems That Haven't Been Deciphered Yet
New Nutella Campaign Celebrates the Many Dialects of Italy
Why Is There An ‘R’ in Mrs.?
How Past Generations' Slang Became Today's Vocabulary
How Very Polite Canadians Do a Sports Riot
10 Language Mistakes Kids Make That Are Actually Pretty Smart
Peruvian Teen Sensation Sings Michael Jackson in Quechua
10 Most Relevant or Memorable Words from the Democratic Debate
Fancier Words for the Shapes in Your World
9 Different Spanish Accents, Hilariously Explained
9 Linguistic ‘Ignorantisms’ Even Sticklers Got Used To
Dothraki Creator Has New Guide to Art of Language Invention
35 Creative Slang Terms for Death from the Past 600 Years
17 Computer-Generated Hipster Baby Names No One Else Has Yet
This Conversational Strategy May Be a Language Universal
Beautiful 1847 Map Shows the Many Languages of France
See the Same Sentence in 17 Different Sign Languages
How Did Language Begin?
6 of the Least Presidential Words Used in the Second GOP Debate
19 Cromulent Words You Can Still Adopt for a Good Cause
Weatherman Slays Longest Welsh Town Name
Why do Americans say ‘Uh’ and ‘Um’ and British People Say ‘Er’ and ‘Erm’?
8 Brand Names With Punctuation Problems
12 Creepy Lullabies From Around the World That Will Keep You Up at Night
Where Do the Days of the Week Get Their Names?
1936 Map of the Dogs of All Nations
Why Does the Airplane Oxygen Mask Have a Bag That “May Not Inflate”?
The Most Popular Emoji in Each State
15 Ripsniptious Faux-Educated Words of the 19th Century
18 Most Relevant Words (By Candidate) from the GOP Debates
How One Mysterious Medical Case Helped Map the Brain
The Subtle Genius of Minionese
15 Pairs of Different Words That Surprisingly Come From the Exact Same Source


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