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
How the Word ‘Father’ Unlocked the History of Language
Words
The Evolution of 'Dude'
Fun
Make Strange Stories from Your Pictures with Word Camera
Afternoon Map
Proportional Map of the World's Largest Languages
Big Question
What’s With the Word Order in ‘Believe You Me’?
Words
15 Common Expressions Younger Generations Won't Understand
Words
A Language Based Only On Whistles
Fun
New Scrabble Ad Shows How Word Lovers Find Love
Big Question
Why Is Y Sometimes a Vowel?
Words
The Guy Who Tried to Edit English
Language
15 Unusual College Mottos
Words
The Sport of Competitive Vocabulary Building
Language
15 Unique Illnesses You Can Only Come Down With in German
Fun
Competition Reviving the Art of Poetry Recitation
Stub
How William Zinsser Helped Writers Overcome Their Fear of the Word Processor
Fun
The Biggest Changes On This Year’s Baby Name List
Fun
Have a Great Palindrome Week!
List
6 Facts About the Name Charlotte
Language
17 "Bon" Figures of Speech from Louisiana French
Videos
These Words Aren't the Words You Think They Are
Big Question
Where Does the Expression "Hands Down" Come From?
Big Question
Why Do We Gesture When We Talk?
Videos
Watch a Baby Go from Babbling to Baby Talk to Words in ASL
Words
10 Onomatopoeia for World Travelers
Language
8 Fun Facts About the Valyrian Language of 'Game of Thrones'
Videos
Why Is English Spelling So Weird?
Big Question
How Do You Say "Pecan"?
Science
Your Words Can Be Recovered From a Video of a Chip Bag Next to You
Space
Vote on a Message to Send to Space About What Earthlings Think of the World
History
What American Sign Language Looked Like 100 Years Ago
Afternoon Map
Top Dictionary Words Searched at Colleges Across the Country
Words
Listen and Compare: 15 Different Irish Accents
Fun
How to Memorize Pi if You’re a Word Person
Words
8 Fun Facts About the Irish Language
Music
Hear What Rapping Sounds Like in 14 Different Languages
Words
Explore the World’s Languages with this Cool Interactive Map
Grammar
11 Best Uses of Bad Grammar from 'The Simpsons'
Big Question
Should Research Animals Get Names?
Language
How Deaf People Come Up With Signs for Slang Terms Like “Photobomb”
Language
All the Colors in That Dress Go Back to the Same Etymological Source
Language
'The Imitation Game' Codebreakers Also Created Brilliant Palindromes
Big Question
Why Is It “Woe Is Me” Instead Of “I Am Woe”?
Videos
Watch a Time-Lapse of an $8 Million Dollhouse Being Put Back Together
List
8 Beautiful Snow Scenes from Literature
Words
15 Pairs of Words That Seem Etymologically Related, But Aren’t
Words
11 Words You Might Not Realize Come from “Love”
Language
6 Places Where Lexicographers Find Old Slang
Language
What Is Vocal Fry?
Videos
See This Adorable Baby Acquire Sign Language Through Rhythm And Rhyme
Food
Designer Chocolates That Let You Taste the Meaning of Japanese Words
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