Disappearing words

Disappearing words - BBC Learning English 6 Minute English...

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BBC Learning English 6 Minute English Disappearing words 6 Minute English © bbclearningenglish.com 2009 Page 1 of 5 Kate: Hello, I'm Kate Colin and this is '6 Minute English' - and thanks to Jackie Dalton for joining me today. Good Morrow Jackie! Jackie: Eh…pardon? Kate: Good Morrow! I beseech thee, whence comest thou? Jackie : Ermm… Kate: Don’t worry, I didn’t expect you to understand that, I’m speaking in ‘Old English’. What I said was the equivalent of saying, ‘Good morning – where do you come from?’, using words which were in use a few hundred years ago and that we don’t use any longer. Jackie: Hello Kate. Yes, English is a language which is evolving all the time. So this means that there are new words continuously appearing and older words are disappearing. I didn’t understand the ‘Old English’ you started the programme with, because you were using words which we no longer use in everyday speech. Kate: Exactly. So, as you might have guessed, the topic we’ll be discussing is language and how it evolves and develops.
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6 Minute English © bbclearningenglish.com 2009 Page 2 of 5 So Jackie, as usual, I have a question for you…. . Some of the oldest English sounding words date back how many years? a) 1000 years b) 20,000 years c) 500 years Jackie: (answers) Kate: OK, well we’ll check your answer at the end of the programme. But first, we’re going to hear part of an interview with a scientist who has been using a special computer to study our use of words and their evolution
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