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Silvestri 1 Steven Silvestri (111398078) WRT 102.77 Etymology Essay October 24th, 2017 The Evolution of Words When one thinks of evolution, what comes to mind? Is it the transformation of humans from their ape-like ancestors to what we now consider humans today? Well, evolution can be defined as “any process of formation or growth” (Evolution). With that in mind, it can easily be stated that with the evolution of mankind, their ideas and inventions have evolved with them as well. Take language, for instance. Many of the languages and dialects spoken today around the world have evolved from a common root. In fact, it is said that “the most widespread group of languages today is the Indo-European, spoken by half the world's population.” (History of Language) This is proven by the analysis of various words; it is no coincidence that the English word car is similar to the Latin word carrus , which comes from the Proto-European root kers , meaning to run. Yet, when carrus is translated directly, it refers to a wagon or a war chariot. (Car (n.)) Therefore, the evolution of words demonstrates the evolution and transformation of other ideas, such as means of transportation. Furthermore, as languages are introduced from place to place and words evolve, the spelling and meaning of words change in order to reflect
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