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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.

Music
4 Crazy, Early Foreign Language Versions of Beatles Songs
Big Question
How Do You Pronounce "Sochi"?
Words
The Evolution of Facebook's Pronoun Problem
Sports
Deaf People Invented the Football Huddle…and Then Stopped Using It
Big Question
Why Does Q (Almost) Always Go With a U?
Music
Hear "Let It Go" From Disney's Frozen Sung in 25 Languages
Music
3 Motown Greats Who Recorded German Versions of Their Hits
List
Prii? LEGO? 11 Brand Names With Plural Problems
List
17 Slogans on Town Welcome Signs You Won't See Anywhere Else
List
11 Inscriptions on Old Buildings That Tell It Like It Is
List
13 Words of the Year from Other Countries
Words
How to Quit Your Job in Klingon … The Right Way
Words
The American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year is “Because”
List
9 Reasons This Little Girl’s Sign Language Version of “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” is Great
Fun
Find Your Birthday Word at Oxford Dictionaries
Words
'Tis and 10 Other Fun Proclitic Words
Words
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year: “Science”
Words
Here's How Crazy-Long German Words are Made
Why is This The Last Time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Will Occur on The Same Day?
Videos
Watch the Surf Punks Explain the Latest Slang in this '80s News Report
Words
15 Words Etymologically Inspired by Animals
Words
26 of Noah Webster’s Spelling Changes That Didn’t Catch On
Words
The Word of the Year Is Selfie
Words
Car-a-mel or Car-mel? 3 Reasons for Syllabically Ambiguous Words
List
11 Teeny Units of Measurement for Tiny Things
Big Question
What's the Origin of the Word "Dude"?
List
8 Things I’ve Learned from Being Corrected by mental_floss Readers
Fun
Now You Can Rickroll Your Friends (or Enemies) in Klingon
List
12 Things Made Collectible Thanks to Spelling Errors
List
The First Words of 11 Famous People
Fun
Today is a Holiday in Honor of World’s Greatest Alphabet
Words
Fun with The Great Language Game
Science
What Your Facebook Updates Say About Your Age
Big Question
How Many Spaces Should There Be at the End of a Sentence?
Words
17 Words that Describe Themselves
History
Top 10 Viral Hits of the Pre-Civil War Years
Words
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The End of a Policy, the Beginning of an Idiom
Videos
Watch Australians Explain How to Do an Australian Accent
List
15 International Banknotes That Show Queen Elizabeth’s Aging Process
Big Question
How Does an Exception Prove a Rule?
Words
11 Nouns That Only Have a Plural Form
Food
11 Common Words With Very Specific Meanings on Food Labels
List
12 Os Made Complex by 17th Century Calligraphy
Words
16 OED Words That Became Obscure (Including Bransle, the Twerk of 1662)
List
22 Songs that Write Themselves from The Songwriter’s Rhyming Dictionary
Words
14 Swedish Words That Conflict With the Ikea Products They Name
Words
35 Classy Slang Terms for Naughty Bits from the Past 600 Years
List
14 Language Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau
Words
3 Facts About English’s Most Adorable Suffix, -ling
List
6 Creative Uses of Sentence Diagramming
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