A linguist explains what’s really going on—and why it’s already happening to you.
Amanda Montell, author of Cultish, is a writer and language scholar from Baltimore, Maryland. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, which she is developing for television with FX. Her writing has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Glamour, The Rumpus, Byrdie, and Who What Wear, where she formerly served as the Features & Beauty editor. Amanda holds a degree in linguistics from NYU and lives in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake neighborhood with her partner, plants, and pets.