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.

17 Words that Describe Themselves
Top 10 Viral Hits of the Pre-Civil War Years
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The End of a Policy, the Beginning of an Idiom
Watch Australians Explain How to Do an Australian Accent
15 International Banknotes That Show Queen Elizabeth’s Aging Process
How Does an Exception Prove a Rule?
11 Common Words With Very Specific Meanings on Food Labels
12 Os Made Complex by 17th Century Calligraphy
16 OED Words That Became Obscure (Including Bransle, the Twerk of 1662)
22 Songs that Write Themselves from The Songwriter’s Rhyming Dictionary
14 Swedish Words That Conflict With the Ikea Products They Name
35 Classy Slang Terms for Naughty Bits from the Past 600 Years
14 Language Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau
3 Facts About English’s Most Adorable Suffix, -ling
6 Creative Uses of Sentence Diagramming
12 Onomatopoeias from Around the World
How Kongar-ol Ondar Sang Two Notes at Once
Why is “Weiner” Sometimes “Weener” and Sometimes “Whiner”?
90-Year-Old Headlines About Radio That Could Be About the Internet Today
Interesting Facts About 10 National Anthems
What 11 Celebrities Would Be if They Had the Job Their Name Means
How Is "I before E except after C" a Rule?
Rules Shmules: 5 Phonetic Pitfalls of Shm- Reduplication
Argle Bargle: 5 Meanings of Word Reduplication
Why is Y Sometimes a Vowel?
The Tiny Island Where Men Have Their Own Language
5 Nations that Sit Out of Alphabetical Order at the UN General Assembly
How Eavesdropping Was Punished in Medieval Times
15 Weird Sample Dialogues from Old English Textbooks
20 Awesomely Titled Trade Magazines
4 Shows from Norway's Crazy, Successful Slow TV Experiment
6 Dictionary Mysteries You Can Help Solve
11 Mots Merveilleux Recently Added to the French Dictionary
29 Answers to the Question "What is a Human Being?"
Why Are There Two Pronunciations for 'G'?
Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
16 Simple Concepts Made Simpler on Simple Wikipedia
Tips for Keeping your Tenement Tidy (in 1911)
Learn Klingon in 6 Steps
What is the Most Complex Chinese Character?
11 Baby Naming Trends of the Past
The Klout Score of 1903: A Statistical Study of Eminent Men
The Language Isaac Newton Invented
The Least Popular American Baby Names According to Early Records
15 Less-than-Inspirational Quotes from a Book of Moral Advice
What is the Origin of the Phrase "Come Out of the Closet"?
8 Symbols That We Turned Into Words
11 Spam Comments That Look Like Drunk Thesauruses (And Why)
Pop Song Titles are Losing the Love
7 Ways We Could Tell That AP Tweet was a Fake


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