Today, we're going to get conservative . . . with our words. A recent study by British researchers identified 23 "ultraconserved words" that have remained relatively unchanged since the Ice Age. All of those 23 are cognates (words that have the same meaning and sound in different languages) in at least four of the seven Eurasiatic language families. Translation: that's the 700 languages spoken from the British Isles to western China and from the Arctic to Southern India. Though many researchers remain skeptical, this seems to be compelling evidence of a 15,000 year old mother tongue.
So, want to do a little writing in the mother tongue? Pick a few words from the "ultraconserved words" list and write a poem of 60 words or less.
Here's the list:
man / male
As you can see, some of the words are pretty boring. Still, if they were good enough for the cave women . . .