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Arika Okrent

Arika Okrent is editor-at-large at TheWeek.com and a frequent contributor to Mental Floss. She is the author of In the Land of Invented Languages, a history of the attempt to build a better language. She holds a doctorate in linguistics and a first-level certification in Klingon. Follow her on Twitter.

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11 classy insults with classical Greek and Latin roots

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The 5 linguistic styles of exciting goal calls

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16 characters from other languages that make great emoticons

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11 beautiful alphabets from ancient and medieval times

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Fun with the interactive Algonquian language map

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9 words created by spelling other words backwards

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21 wonderful words for wind

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