"I" and "we" among oldest English words

Linguistics experts at Reading University have used computer model analysis to date English words and to predict which words may soon become extinct.

According to Mark Pagel, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading, words such as "I", "we", "two" and "three" are among the oldest, while "stick" and "bad" may soon evolve out of the language. "We think some of these words are as ancient as 40,000 years old. The sound used to make those words would have been used by all speakers of the Indo-European languages throughout history," Professor Pagel said.

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