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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
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
Big Question
Why Do People in Interviews Say “That’s a Good Question” So Much?
Language
15 Unique Illnesses You Can Only Come Down With in German
Words
13 Words of the Year from Other Countries
Language
The American Dialect Society's Word of the Year
Language
2015: The Last Binary Palindrome Year We’ll Have Until 2047
Language
Why Your Family Name Did Not Come From a Mistake at Ellis Island
Words
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year is 'Culture'
History
15 Harsh Things Critics Said About 'The Nutcracker' After Its 1892 Premiere
Videos
This Little Girl’s ASL Version of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' Will Make Your Heart Grow 3 Sizes
Words
The 11 Best New Words Added to Oxford Dictionaries
Words
The Unusual Syntax of “Sexiest Man Alive”
List
17 Old Proverbs We Should Use More Often
Words
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is Vape
Words
How a Deaf Couple Had Their Baby Officially Registered with a Sign Name
Fun
Experiments in Ngram Art
Words
11 Versions of “Average Joe” from Other Countries
Afternoon Map
Countries as Named in Their Own Languages
Videos
15 Tricky Words and How to Pronounce Them Hilariously Wrong
Words
The Sign Language Interpreter for De Blasio’s Press Conference Was Deaf. How Does That Work?
Videos
How Well Does Mark Zuckerberg Speak Chinese?
Words
Feast Your Eyes on This Beautiful Linguistic Family Tree
Article
11 Naughty-Sounding Scientific Names (and What They Really Mean)
Videos
20 Italian Hand Gestures, Demonstrated by Male Models
Words
5 Words That Are Spelled Weird Because Someone Got the Etymology Wrong
TV
5 Baffling Foreign Language Versions of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Theme
Words
How an Awesomesauce New Suffix Came to Be
List
The Secret Emotional Lives of 5 Punctuation Marks
Food
18 Apple Varieties With Badass Names
Words
11 Facts Yü Should Know About the Umlaut
Words
Can "Y'all" Be Used to Refer to a Single Person?
List
15 Words Plagued by Unusual Silent Letters
Words
Why Is 'Colonel' Spelled That Way?
Words
Why Isn't 'Arkansas' Pronounced Like 'Kansas'?
Words
From Y'all To Youse, 8 English Ways to Make "You" Plural
History
15 Awesome 19th Century Street Gang Names
Words
11 Common Words That Will Boost Your Scrabble Score
Words
New Twitter Study Discovers “Global Superdialects”
Words
35 Kinds of Hot, Sexy Homophone Action
History
The Andrometer: An 18th-Century Measuring Stick for Success in Life
Videos
The Best/Freakiest Dictionary Promotional Video From the 70s You’ve Ever Seen
Big Question
What’s the Difference Between In- and Un-?
Food
25 Place Names and the USDA Rules for Their Use on Food Labels
History
11 Remnants of the Bastille You Can Still See Today
Words
11 Classy Insults With Classical Greek and Latin Roots
Words
31 Adorable Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse from the Last 600 Years
Words
14 Hilarious Automatic Text and Tweet Generators With a Flair for Poetry and Language Play
Sports
How a Deaf-Blind Person Watches the World Cup
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