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.

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
Recharting Old Territory: Explore This New Interactive Exhibit of a 1507 World Map
Dumbbells, Barbells, Kettlebells—Why Do We Call Weights "Bells"?
Semi-, Hemi-, Demi-: What’s the Difference?
5 Surprising Facts About Swearing
Lookups of 'Lepo' Spiked During Debate Discussion of Aleppo
Watch These Sisters Create Awesome Spontaneous Pop Songs in ASL
7 Delightful Dickensian Words
The Origin of the Word 'Slang' Has Been Found
16 Expletives We Should Definitely Bring Back
Is There Such a Thing as Not Having an Accent?
Watch a Song from 'Hamilton' Performed in ASL
26 Fancy, Unusual Plurals That Work Like “Attorneys General”


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