About Me

Amanda Montell
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My name is Amanda. I’m a 26-year-old ENFJ, writer, and author from Baltimore, MD. I currently live in Los Angeles with my rescue cats, Claire and David (named after my favorite characters from my favorite early 2000s HBO drama. If you can guess the show right, it’s a sign we’ll be friends).

I graduated from NYU with a degree in Linguistics, which I used to write my debut book, Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language (Harper Wave, 2019). Otherwise, I work as a staff features editor at an online beauty and health magazine called Byrdie, and I write all kinds of freelance pieces for places around the internet, like Cosmo and Marie Claire.

I'm the daughter of two research scientists, so I was genetically destined to be a nerd, which is probably why language is my favorite thing to write about. But I'm also really into writing celebrity profiles, zeitgesity stories about internet culture, and servicey pieces about wellness and beauty.

Oh, and in case you're curious, my favorite English word is “nook,” and my favorite foreign word is “tartle,” the Scottish term for when you hesitate while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name.