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
Oct. 3 2014 11:13 AMCan "Y'all" Mean Just One Person?
Lexicon Valley
Aug. 27 2014 10:02 AMWhy Isn’t “Arkansas” Pronounced Like “Kansas”?
Lexicon Valley
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
Lexicon Valley
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.
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
Lexicon Valley
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
Lexicon Valley
Jan. 3 2014 10:12 AMWhy This Young Girl Is a Masterful Storyteller in Sign Language
Lexicon Valley
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.


The World

How Canada’s Shooting Tragedies Have Shaped Its Gun Control Politics

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive

Is he right?


“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 9:19 PM The Phone Call Is Twenty Minutes of Pitch-Perfect, Wrenching Cinema
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.