Marina Orlova (YouTuber)
Marina Vladimirovna Rodina
10 December 1980
|Known for||Infotainment etymology|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube|
|Signature phrase||"Intelligence is Sexy"|
Marina Vladimirovna Orlova (Russian: Марина Владимировна Орлова, born 10 December 1980) is a Russian host of a popular YouTube channel, HotForWords and a corresponding website. In 2012 she started an online series of videos for a personal finance website Bankrate.com where she explains the meaning of commonly used financial and economic terms.
Early life and education
Orlova was born in Arzamas (Nizhny Novgorod Oblast) Russian SFSR, Soviet Union in 1980. She worked at a shop for a year before applying to an international recruitment program. She wanted to do something creative, or improve her English skills and to prepare for her Ph.D; she was then sent to a small town near San Francisco and worked as a nanny for a working family with two children. A year later she moved to Hollywood, where she attempted to start a career in modelling. After going to two photoshoots, she was told that at 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m), she was too short.
Hot for Words website
In February 2007, The Hot for Words trademark was registered by Charles T. Como, a creator of internet sites for music bands, and the YouTube account Hotforwords was registered. The first video posted was "Intro to Philology ;-)" on 7 March 2007. Orlova said this was at a time when "everybody was uploading cleavage."
The theme of Orlova's website and YouTube videos, which begin with the tagline "Intelligence is Sexy," 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 words 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 appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of the wine, beer and spirits publication Mutineer Magazine, applying her word explanations to common beverage words. Orlova was profiled on "The Medium," an Internet feature of The New York Times Magazine.
The Moscow Times said "Marina exploits her blonde-bombshell looks to the maximum: She appears in her two-minute clips scantily clad, pouting and making doe eyes. This is surely the main factor in her success. However, while the number of scantily clad girls on the Internet is limitless, not all of them put so much intellectual effort into their success."
- Orlova, Marina (2009). Hot for Words: Answers to All Your Burning Questions About Words and Their Meanings. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0061776311. LCCN 2008053684. OCLC 291193606.
- "Interview with Marina Orlova, HotForWords: In the business of explaining words", In2up, 24 May 2011. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.
- "Marina Orlova: About the Author". harpercollins.com. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
- Наталья ДЕРБЕНЕВА [Natalia Derbeneva] (19 March 2010). Английский язык в Голливуде преподает русская блондинка [Russian Blonde in Hollywood Teaches English] (in Russian). Комсомольская правда [Pravda]. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- on YouTube(13 March 2008)
- Vonderau, Patrick (2010). "Understanding Orlova: YouTube Producers, Hot for Words, and Some Pitfalls of Production Studies". Wide Screen. Wide Screen. 2 (2). Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Kazakina, Katya (25 September 2009). "Google Trails Linguist With Lingerie, 238 Million YouTube Views". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 4 April 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Current and Back Issues". Mutineer Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 November 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Virginia Heffernan, Sexicon, The New York Times Magazine, 17 December 2007.
- Marina Orlova has managed to get several million people interested in the origins of English words(registration required), Victor Sonkin, The Moscow Times, 6 June 2008.
- "RT presents Russian with Hot For Words". RT.com. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
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