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.

Language
New Film Shows the Rich History of African American Speech
Big Question
Why Do We Use the Same Voice to Talk to Babies and Dogs?
Animals
11 Frosty Facts About the Iditarod
Language
7 Très Interesting Facts about Canadian French
Big Question
How Did English End Up With There/Their/They’re?
Big Question
What's the Correct Pronunciation of February?
Language
How a Deaf Signer Performs the Super Bowl Anthem in Time With the Singer
Language
6 French and German Dialects That Are 100 Percent American
Infographic
Which NFL Teams Are Most (And Least) Often Used As Passwords
Words
40 Words Turning 40 in 2017
Big Question
Why Do People Say 'Bias' Instead of 'Biased'?
Language
Fun With the Great American Word Mapper
Words
'Dumpster Fire' and 4 Other Words of the Year Chosen by The American Dialect Society
Words
25 Words Turning 25 in 2017
Words
11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way
Big Question
Where Does ‘Ditto’ Come From?
Big Question
What’s the Difference Between a Gift and a Present?
List
13 Items Labeled “American” in Other Countries
Language
Peru Debuts Quechua Language News Broadcast
Words
The Word of The Year In Australia Is ‘Democracy Sausage’
Books
Trivium: The 3 Classical Liberal Arts of Language
Big Question
What Does 'Ms.' Stand For?
Language
ASL 'Polar Express' Shows Off Developing Language Skills
News
Wisconsin Mall Features Santa Who Can Sign
Language
4 Ideas From Linguistics to Help You Appreciate 'Arrival'
Language
How Do You Stress the Word: THANKSgiving or ThanksGIVing?
List
7 Overlooked Thanksgiving Rituals, According to Sociologists
Language
8 Things You Might Not Know About Vowels
Words
15 Perfect Metaphors Hidden in Word Etymologies
List
5 Times the Jig Was Up Because the Parrot Squawked
Language
What Different Languages Call Sunny Side Up Eggs
Language
These Deaf Kids Have A Message for You
Words
9 Phrases the Cubs Gave Baseball
Language
Lookups of 'Ombre' Spiked During Debate After "Bad Hombres" Comment
List
6 Punctuation Marks Hated by Famous Authors
Language
Monumental Scholarly Dictionary of Slang Is Now Online
Geography
Recharting Old Territory: Explore This New Interactive Exhibit of a 1507 World Map
Words
Dumbbells, Barbells, Kettlebells—Why Do We Call Weights "Bells"?
Words
Semi-, Hemi-, Demi-: What’s the Difference?
Language
5 Surprising Facts About Swearing
Language
Lookups of 'Lepo' Spiked During Debate Discussion of Aleppo
Language
Watch These Sisters Create Awesome Spontaneous Pop Songs in ASL
Words
7 Delightful Dickensian Words
Language
The Origin of the Word 'Slang' Has Been Found
Language
16 Expletives We Should Definitely Bring Back
Big Question
Is There Such a Thing as Not Having an Accent?
Language
Watch a Song from 'Hamilton' Performed in ASL
Words
26 Fancy, Unusual Plurals That Work Like “Attorneys General”
Language
Brits and Americans Have Totally Different Ideas of What ‘Frown’ Means
Books
9 Splendiferous Words from the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
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