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 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
31 Adorable Slang Terms for Sex From the Last 600 Years
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?
18 Fancy Words for Specific Shapes
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
21 Wonderful Words for Wind
9 Words Created by Spelling Other Words Backwards
What’s Going on With the Philadelphia Accent?
3 Awesome Translations From This Sign Language Rap Battle on Jimmy Kimmel Live
11 Fun Word Lists to Drill Your Vocabulary On
Listen to a Quartet Sing While You Watch a Close-up of Their Vocal Cords
Fiercety, Seriosity, Debonairity: 14 Abstract Nouns We Need to Bring Back
Posters from the “Anyone’s Better Than Rob Ford” Campaign
10 Regional Words From Waaaay Northern Michigan


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