About Me

Amanda Montell
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My name is Amanda. I’m a 27-year-old writer, author, and ENFJ from Baltimore, MD. I currently live in Los Angeles with my rescue dog, Fiddle, and 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, published May 2019). Otherwise, I write freelance pieces for places around the internet, like Byrdie, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Marie Claire. I'm also currently working on a Wordslut TV adaptation for FX, as well as my second book Mindfuck: The Secret Language of Cults (Spoiler: You're Already Using It).

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.