Monday, May 20, 2024

The 23 Oldest Words In Use


According to a team of researchers at the University of Reading’s School of Biological Sciences had recently compiled a list of the 23 oldest words, each at least 15,000 years old.

It is hard for languages to survive. Many die out after a few thousand years.

Specific words have short shelf-lives. Why? Reality is always changing. Technology, social mores, politics, and finance will keep evolving and certain things get replaced and thus the words used to identify them get displaced.

New words today become tomorrow’s norm and then a certain number of generations forward these words are erased from society’s use, even memory.

Still, some words have been proving eternal, like the oldest 23 words. Here they are:

To Give
To Hear
To Pull
To Flow
To Spit

I am surprised birth, death, love, hate, or other such words didn’t make the cut, yet we have found words or signals to indicate these things ever since humans came to be, or so you might think.

God didn’t make the list either.

Which words will disappear in a century — and how many more will join out lexicon — is anyone’s guess.

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