Arika Okrent

Arika Okrent holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and a first-level certification in Klingon. She is the author of In the Land of Invented Languages.

Lexicon Valley
Sept. 4 2014 10:54 AMHow to Call In Sick: 21 Complicated Terms for Minor Illnesses
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Aug. 15 2014 11:27 AMFadoodling and the Paphian Jig: 29 Historic Slang Terms for Sex
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June 5 2014 9:52 AMThe Schwa Is the Laziest Sound in All of Human Speech
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March 18 2014 10:09 AMIn Defense of I Could Care Less
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Jan. 3 2014 10:12 AMWhy This Young Girl Is a Masterful Storyteller in Sign Language
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Dec. 3 2013 12:01 PMWatch Surfers and Valley Girls Explain the Latest Slang in This 1980s Documentary
Lexicon Valley
Nov. 5 2013 9:44 AMMystery Solved: The Etymology of Dude
The Good Word
Sept. 8 2010 4:14 PMResearch in the CribWhat happens when language scientists use their own children as test subjects?
May 7 2009 11:54 AMThere's No Klingon Word for HelloA history of the gruff but surprisingly sophisticated invented language and the people who speak it.
Lexicon Valley
Aug. 27 2014 10:02 AMWhy Isn’t “Arkansas” Pronounced Like “Kansas”?
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June 11 2014 11:20 AMWatch Germans Try to Pronounce the Word Squirrel
Lexicon Valley
May 9 2014 3:28 PMBeautiful Fonts from Ages Gone By
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Jan. 23 2014 4:07 PMWords of the Year from Around the World. Can You Say Gubbploga?
Lexicon Valley
Dec. 19 2013 11:34 AMThe Peculiar Grammar of Christmas Songs
Lexicon Valley
Nov. 19 2013 1:02 PMWhy Is the Word the So Difficult to Define?
Lexicon Valley
Oct. 2 2013 11:56 AMA Post-Military Taxonomy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
The Good Word
March 24 2010 10:51 AMThe New KlingonWithout so much as a dictionary, Avatar fans are learning how to speak Na'vi.



Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

The U.S. Is So, So Far Behind Europe on Clean Energy

Even if You Don’t Like Batman, You Might Like Gotham

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

A Woman Who Escaped the Extreme Babymaking Christian Fundamentalism of Quiverfull

Nicolas Sarkozy, Thrice Married, Says Gay Marriage Humiliates the Family

  News & Politics
Over There
Sept. 22 2014 1:29 PM “That’s Called Jim Crow” Philip Gourevitch on America’s hypocritical interventions in Africa.
Sept. 22 2014 1:37 PM Subprime Loans Are Back! And believe it or not, that’s a good thing.
Sept. 22 2014 4:45 PM Why Can’t the Census Count Gay Couples Accurately?
  Double X
Sept. 22 2014 4:06 PM No, Women’s Soccer Does Not Have a Domestic Violence Problem Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
Sept. 22 2014 1:52 PM Tell Us What You Think About Slate Plus Help us improve our new membership program.
Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2014 3:16 PM Watch the Best Part of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run Tour
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 12:14 PM Family Court Rules That You Can Serve Someone With Legal Papers Over Facebook
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 22 2014 4:34 PM Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.