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.

15 Unusual College Mottos
The Sport of Competitive Vocabulary Building
15 Unique Illnesses You Can Only Come Down With in German
Competition Reviving the Art of Poetry Recitation
How William Zinsser Helped Writers Overcome Their Fear of the Word Processor
The Biggest Changes On This Year’s Baby Name List
Have a Great Palindrome Week!
6 Facts About the Name Charlotte
17 "Bon" Figures of Speech from Louisiana French
These Words Aren't the Words You Think They Are
Where Does the Expression "Hands Down" Come From?
Why Do We Gesture When We Talk?
Watch a Baby Go from Babbling to Baby Talk to Words in ASL
10 Onomatopoeia for World Travelers
8 Fun Facts About the Valyrian Language of 'Game of Thrones'
Why Is English Spelling So Weird?
How Do You Say "Pecan"?
Your Words Can Be Recovered From a Video of a Chip Bag Next to You
Vote on a Message to Send to Space About What Earthlings Think of the World
What American Sign Language Looked Like 100 Years Ago
Top Dictionary Words Searched at Colleges Across the Country
Listen and Compare: 15 Different Irish Accents
How to Memorize Pi if You’re a Word Person
8 Fun Facts About the Irish Language
Hear What Rapping Sounds Like in 14 Different Languages
Explore the World’s Languages with this Cool Interactive Map
11 Best Uses of Bad Grammar from The Simpsons
Should Research Animals Get Names?
How Deaf People Come Up With Signs for Slang Terms Like “Photobomb”
All the Colors in That Dress Go Back to the Same Etymological Source
'The Imitation Game' Codebreakers Also Created Brilliant Palindromes
Why Is It “Woe Is Me” Instead Of “I Am Woe”?
Watch a Time-Lapse of an $8 Million Dollhouse Being Put Back Together
8 Beautiful Snow Scenes from Literature
15 Pairs of Words That Seem Etymologically Related, But Aren’t
6 Places Where Lexicographers Find Old Slang
See This Adorable Baby Acquire Sign Language Through Rhythm And Rhyme
Designer Chocolates That Let You Taste the Meaning of Japanese Words
Why Do People in Interviews Say “That’s a Good Question” So Much?
13 Words of the Year from Other Countries
The American Dialect Society's Word of the Year
2015: The Last Binary Palindrome Year We’ll Have Until 2047
Why Your Family Name Did Not Come From a Mistake at Ellis Island
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year is 'Culture'
15 Harsh Things Critics Said About 'The Nutcracker' After Its 1892 Premiere
This Little Girl’s ASL Version of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' Will Make Your Heart Grow 3 Sizes
The 11 Best New Words Added to Oxford Dictionaries
The Unusual Syntax of “Sexiest Man Alive”
17 Old Proverbs We Should Use More Often
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is Vape


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