Present for my little brother
What’s the point of mustard in a mug? How do they think I’ll eat it?
#Moldiv finally back on the lake! (bij Caesar Creek Lake)
My little brother’s costume for the play tomorrow.
Little known fact about me: the architects of the Burj Khalifa studied my hair before designing it.
This table requires assembly and a mullet.
To the mom who always told me, “If I knew you would turn out like this, I would have held you in.” I’m glad you didn’t. Happy Mother’s Day.
I can finally use the alumni cup! I’m the first graduate in the family and it feels great.
‘You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes!’
It’s an odd little speech. But if you went back 15,000 years and spoke these words to hunter-gatherers in Asia in any one of hundreds of modern languages, there is a chance they would understand at least some of what you were saying.
That’s because all of the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in the four sentences are words that have descended largely unchanged from a language that died out as the glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age. Those few words mean the same thing, and sound almost the same, as they did then.
The traditional view is that words can’t survive for more than 8,000 to 9,000 years. Evolution, linguistic “weathering” and the adoption of replacements from other languages eventually drive ancient words to extinction, just like the dinosaurs of the Jurassic era.
A new study, however, suggests that’s not always true.
A team of researchers has come up with a list of two dozen “ultraconserved words” that have survived 150 centuries. It includes some predictable entries: “mother,” “not,” “what,” “to hear” and “man.” It also contains surprises: “to flow,” “ashes” and “worm.”
The existence of the long-lived words suggests there was a “proto-Eurasiatic” language that was the common ancestor to about 700 contemporary languages that are the native tongues of more than half the world’s people."
The Washington Post, “Linguists Identify 15,000-Year-Old ‘Ultraconserved’ Words.”
Two years of calculus notes. Next up: linear algebra!