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.

How a Deaf Couple Had Their Baby Officially Registered with a Sign Name
Experiments in Ngram Art
Countries as Named in Their Own Languages
15 Tricky Words and How to Pronounce Them Hilariously Wrong
The Sign Language Interpreter for De Blasio’s Press Conference Was Deaf. How Does That Work?
How Well Does Mark Zuckerberg Speak Chinese?
Feast Your Eyes on This Beautiful Linguistic Family Tree
11 Naughty-Sounding Scientific Names (and What They Really Mean)
20 Italian Hand Gestures, Demonstrated by Male Models
5 Baffling Foreign Language Versions of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Theme
How an Awesomesauce New Suffix Came to Be
The Secret Emotional Lives of 5 Punctuation Marks
18 Apple Varieties With Badass Names
11 Facts Yü Should Know About the Umlaut
Can "Y'all" Be Used to Refer to a Single Person?
15 Words Plagued by Unusual Silent Letters
Why is “Pound” Abbreviated as “lb”?
Why Isn't 'Arkansas' Pronounced Like 'Kansas'?
From Y'all To Youse, 8 English Ways to Make "You" Plural
11 Common Words That Will Boost Your Scrabble Score
New Twitter Study Discovers “Global Superdialects”
35 Kinds of Hot, Sexy Homophone Action
The Andrometer: An 18th-Century Measuring Stick for Success in Life
The Best/Freakiest Dictionary Promotional Video From the 70s You’ve Ever Seen
What’s the Difference Between In- and Un-?
25 Place Names and the USDA Rules for Their Use on Food Labels
11 Remnants of the Bastille You Can Still See Today
11 Classy Insults With Classical Greek and Latin Roots
14 Hilarious Automatic Text and Tweet Generators With a Flair for Poetry and Language Play
11 Tragic Emotions and How to Properly Act Them on Stage (According to an 1889 Guide)
The 5 Different Linguistic Styles of Exciting Goal Calls
Why Have Baby Names Become Increasingly Female-Sounding?
5 Boring Subjects Translated Into Clickbait Headlines
Where Do U.S. Coin Names Come From?
The Spanish Village “Kill Jews” Has Decided to Change its Name
Why Does “Terrible” Mean Bad and “Terrific” Mean Good?
Watch Germans Try to Say the Word “Squirrel”
9 Fun Facts About the Schwa
Vote on Which New Twitter Word to Put in the Dictionary
How Philadelphia's Neighborhoods Got Their Names
11 Places to Visit on a Tour of the English Language
Mother’s Day Cards for When You and Your Mom Have Issues
5 Words That Trace Back to the Word "Mother"
What’s the Difference Between “O” and “Oh”?
11 Beautiful Alphabets from Ancient and Medieval Times
The Complicated Chinese Family Tree
16 Characters From Other Languages That Make Great Emoticons
Why Are “Rhyme” and “Rhythm” Spelled Like That?
Decipher These Mysterious Margin Notes and Win $1000
Fun With the Interactive Algonquian Language Map


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