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.

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
Posters from the “Anyone’s Better Than Rob Ford” Campaign
10 Regional Words From Waaaay Northern Michigan
Don’t Use “Pants” for “Pantaloons”: 19 Surprising Rules Copyeditors Used to Enforce
12 Scientific Postulates Perfectly Paired With Rap Lyrics
18 Famous Literary First Lines Perfectly Paired With Rap Lyrics
9 Scientific Experiments That Used '90s TV Shows to Manipulate Subjects
7 Ways to Improve Your Online Dating Profile With the Power of Words
8 Ad Taglines that Sneakily Ding the Competition
4 Good Reasons Why People Say “I Could Care Less”
12 Animals Whose Names Etymologically Describe Them
Why Does "Will Not" Become "Won't"?
11 Words and Phrases Popularized by World War I
4 Surprising Things Facebook Has Learned From Your Relationship Status
How to Write the Sound of a Kiss
Google Translating "Let It Go" into Many Languages and Back into English
11 Naughty-Sounding Scientific Names (and What They Really Mean)
4 Crazy, Early Foreign Language Versions of Beatles Songs
How Do You Pronounce "Sochi"?
The Evolution of Facebook's Pronoun Problem
Why Does Q (Almost) Always Go With a U?
Hear "Let It Go" From Disney's Frozen Sung in 25 Languages
3 Motown Greats Who Recorded German Versions of Their Hits
Prii? LEGO? 11 Brand Names With Plural Problems
17 Slogans on Town Welcome Signs You Won't See Anywhere Else
11 Inscriptions on Old Buildings That Tell It Like It Is
13 Words of the Year from Other Countries
How to Quit Your Job in Klingon … The Right Way
The American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year is “Because”
9 Reasons This Little Girl’s Sign Language Version of “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” is Great
'Tis and 10 Other Fun Proclitic Words
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year: “Science”
Here's How Super-Long German Words are Made
Why is This The Last Time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Will Occur on The Same Day?
Watch the Surf Punks Explain the Latest Slang in this '80s News Report
15 Words Etymologically Inspired by Animals
The Word of the Year Is Selfie
Car-a-mel or Car-mel? 3 Reasons for Syllabically Ambiguous Words
11 Teeny Units of Measurement for Tiny Things
What's the Origin of the Word "Dude"?
8 Things I’ve Learned from Being Corrected by mental_floss Readers
Now You Can Rickroll Your Friends (or Enemies) in Klingon
12 Things Made Collectible Thanks to Spelling Errors
The First Words of 11 Famous People
Fun with The Great Language Game
What Your Facebook Updates Say About Your Age
How Many Spaces Should There Be at the End of a Sentence?


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