New or old?

Do you like the idea that many of the words you use everyday come from centuries ago when the world was small and life was simple?┬áDid you know, for example, that the ‘barbecue’ probably comes from the 17th century Spanish word ‘barbacoa’ or even the indigenous South American people – the Arawaks – who used the word to describe a wooden frame on posts – food for thought, so to speak. (info courtesy of the Oxford English Dictionary).

Or do you like the idea of the newcomers on the block…OED tells us that ‘byte’ cropped around the 1960s as ‘an arbitrary formation based on ‘bit’ and ‘bite’ (and the relevance is…?).

 

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