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.

12 Onomatopoeias from Around the World
How Kongar-ol Ondar Sang Two Notes at Once
Why is “Weiner” Sometimes “Weener” and Sometimes “Whiner”?
90-Year-Old Headlines About Radio That Could Be About the Internet Today
16 Words That Are Much Older Than They Seem
9 Common Words That Come From Words for Heat
Interesting Facts About 10 National Anthems
What 11 Celebrities Would Be if They Had the Job Their Name Means
How Is "I before E except after C" a Rule?
Rules Shmules: 5 Phonetic Pitfalls of Shm- Reduplication
Argle Bargle: 5 Meanings of Word Reduplication
Why is Y Sometimes a Vowel?
The Tiny Island Where Men Have Their Own Language
4 Changes to English So Subtle We Hardly Notice They're Happening
5 Nations that Sit Out of Alphabetical Order at the UN General Assembly
How Eavesdropping Was Punished in Medieval Times
15 Weird Sample Dialogues from Old English Textbooks
20 Awesomely Titled Trade Magazines
4 Shows from Norway's Crazy, Successful Slow TV Experiment
6 Dictionary Mysteries You Can Help Solve
11 Mots Merveilleux Recently Added to the French Dictionary
29 Answers to the Question "What is a Human Being?"
Why Are There Two Pronunciations for 'G'?
Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
16 Simple Concepts Made Simpler on Simple Wikipedia
Tips for Keeping your Tenement Tidy (in 1911)
Learn Klingon in 6 Steps
What is the Most Complex Chinese Character?
11 Baby Naming Trends of the Past
The Klout Score of 1903: A Statistical Study of Eminent Men
The Language Isaac Newton Invented
The Least Popular American Baby Names According to Early Records
15 Less-than-Inspirational Quotes from a Book of Moral Advice
What is the Origin of the Phrase "Come Out of the Closet"?
8 Symbols That We Turned Into Words
11 Spam Comments That Look Like Drunk Thesauruses (And Why)
Pop Song Titles are Losing the Love
7 Ways We Could Tell That AP Tweet was a Fake
The Pig Latins of 11 Other Languages
5 Pairs of Countries That Americans Confuse
When and Why Did People Start Saying "Um" When They Talk?
9 Extremely Pretentious Latin and Greek Plurals
What's the Real Origin of "OK"?
11 Totally Redundant Place Names
How to Converse Properly: 18 Tips From Old Etiquette Books
Why is English Spelling So Messed Up?
21 Creative TV Edits of Naughty Movie Lines
7 Fun Facts About the Dothraki Language of Game of Thrones
The 65 Year Battle over the Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act
How the U.S. Army Made War with the Language of Peace


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