Bio

I pronounce my name /ɡɹɛtʃn̩ məkʌlɪk/, but feel free to adapt it to the phonology of your native language. Please do, however, double check that you’re spelling it correctly. Longer notes on my name

Short bio:

Gretchen McCulloch is an internet linguist and author of the New York Times bestselling Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. She is the Resident Linguist at Wired and the co-creator of Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics. She lives in Montreal, but also on the internet.

Longer bio:

Gretchen McCulloch is an internet linguist: she explores the language of the internet for the people of the internet. She’s the author of the New York Times bestselling book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, which was published by Riverhead (Penguin) in July 2019 and has been reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Economist, TIME, the Atlantic, and Science Magazine.

McCulloch writes the Resident Linguist column at Wired and has also written for Slate, the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalMental Floss, and The Toast. She has a master’s in linguistics from McGill University and is interested in bridging the gap between linguistics and the general public. McCulloch is the creator of the daily linguistics blog All Things Linguistic, and the co-creator of Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics. She is Canadian and lives in Montreal, but also on the internet. You can follow her on Twitter @GretchenAMcC.


Here is my author photo in three different sizes.

Author photo credit: Yvon Huynh