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.

The Curious Origins of 16 Common Phrases
What Is ‘gh’ Doing in So Many English Words?
How Did English End Up With There/ They're/ Their?
21 Fancy Medical Terms for Mundane Problems
How Do You Stress the Word: THANKSgiving or ThanksGIVing?
22 Emojis That Look Completely Different on Different Phones
Today is a Holiday in Honor of World’s Greatest Alphabet
11 Examples of the Odd Dialect Called 'EU English'
Why Is 'Colonel' Spelled That Way?
The Evolution of "Two" in the Indo-European Language Family
7 Academic Studies of Instagram
12 Things Called ‘French’ In English and Whether They're Actually French
40 Fun Facts About the Most Popular American Baby Names of the Last 100 Years
The Grammar Rules Behind 3 Commonly Disparaged Dialects
Canadian MP Gives Speech in Mohawk in Parliament for the First Time
The Biggest Changes on the 2016 SSA Baby Names List
The Signed Lingua Franca That Once Spanned North America
Online Dictionary Posts Fake Definitions to Foil Exam Cheaters
24 New Entries to Dictionary of Canadianisms
Another Major Style Guide Has Accepted Singular ‘They’
5 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of How the Dictionary is Made
New Film Shows the Rich History of African American Speech
Why Do We Use the Same Voice to Talk to Babies and Dogs?
11 Frosty Facts About the Iditarod
7 Très Interesting Facts about Canadian French
How a Deaf Signer Performs the Super Bowl Anthem in Time With the Singer
6 French and German Dialects That Are 100 Percent American
Which NFL Teams Are Most (And Least) Often Used As Passwords
40 Words Turning 40 in 2017
Why Do People Say 'Bias' Instead of 'Biased'?
Fun With the Great American Word Mapper
'Dumpster Fire' and 4 Other Words of the Year Chosen by The American Dialect Society
25 Words Turning 25 in 2017
11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way
Where Does ‘Ditto’ Come From?
13 Items Labeled “American” in Other Countries
Peru Debuts Quechua Language News Broadcast
The Word of The Year In Australia Is ‘Democracy Sausage’
Trivium: The 3 Classical Liberal Arts of Language
What Does 'Ms.' Stand For?
ASL 'Polar Express' Shows Off Developing Language Skills
Wisconsin Mall Features Santa Who Can Sign
4 Ideas From Linguistics to Help You Appreciate 'Arrival'
8 Things You Might Not Know About Vowels
15 Perfect Metaphors Hidden in Word Etymologies
What Different Languages Call Sunny Side Up Eggs
These Deaf Kids Have A Message for You
9 Phrases the Cubs Gave Baseball
Lookups of 'Ombre' Spiked During Debate After "Bad Hombres" Comment
Monumental Scholarly Dictionary of Slang Is Now Online


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