Marina Orlova, Sexiest philologist
Marina Orlova was born in 1980 in Arzamas (Nizhny Novgorod).
She is a Russian philologist, etymologist, and author who has become an Internet celebrity, hosting one of the most popular channels on YouTube, HotForWords, and a corresponding website. She also hosts a bi-weekly radio show on Maxim Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio. Called the “Sexiest philologist in the world” by New Yorker Magazine, Marina was voted the World’s #1 Sexiest Geek by Wired.com, she’s a regular on Fox Network’s O’Reilly Factor Show, she was voted the 5th hottest woman on the net by G4 TV, she’s been recommended by the New York Times Magazine, she was mentioned in Cosmopolitan as one of the top 3 channels on YouTube, and she was part of the Best On-line Campaign of 2009! In addition, Marina just completed her book, published by HarperCollins, entitled “Hot for Words“, and she stars in a killer iPhone game called Attack of the Bikini Zombie Babes from Outer Space!
@HotForWords is a bad philologist who can make you hot for more than just her tweet.
Her tag-line state is “Intelligence is Sexy.”
The theme of an Orlova’s website and YouTube videos is tracing the origins of English words. Some of her entries focus on everyday words such as irony and OK, while others address lengthy and rarely used tongue-twisters such as floccinaucinihilipilification and antidisestablishmentarianism. Some entries also address idioms, including “let the cat out of the bag”, “dressed to the nines”, and “three sheets to the wind”, or new words like the verb “to Google”.
Orlova initially aspired to become a model. She went to two photo shoots, but did not succeed – she was too short to be a model (1.65 m).
She has said that her work takes up all of her time, and that she sometimes sits at the computer 12 to 14 hours at a time and has little time left for socializing. She is currently single.
Orlova, Marina (2009, 3 years ago). Hot for Words: Answers to All Your Burning Questions About Words and Their Meanings. New York: HarperCollins.