Scientists at Reading University in the UK have crunched the numbers and determined the oldest words in the English language. Among the linguistic geriatrics are “I,” “we,”, “two,” “three,” and “five.”
They’ve also predicted the imminent demise of words including “squeeze” and “bad.” Verbs and adjectives are particularly prone to drift. But don’t go cutting pages out of your dictionary just yet. Well probably have those dying words for the next seven hundred years or so.
Details are here.–David E