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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 48. The word origin today is

  • kangaroo. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. The word kangaroo actually

  • does come from an Aboriginal tribe language called Guugu Yimithirr. I hope I

  • pronounced that correctly. referring to a series of large black kangaroo. This was

  • originally recorded and documented by Captain Cook. You know, the very

  • famous Captain Cook that sailed all around the world for Britain and went

  • to many places. The interesting thing about this word origin is that there has

  • been a long-standing myth. Remember a myth is something that a lot of people

  • believe is true, but actually in fact it's not true. That Captain Cook ... that

  • Captain Cook's record was wrong and he must have made a mistake.

  • This is due to Captain Philip King who returned to the same area of Australia

  • and asked the same tribe about 50 years later. So he asked the same question. He

  • got a different response. And when he got a difference response, he assumed that well

  • Captain Cook was wrong. He made a mistake cross that out. This is the right answer.

  • So and yeah so it was believed and reported for a long time the aboriginal

  • response meant " I don't know. " So they thought that he must have heard

  • another word, like you know, either Captain Cook himself or one of his

  • assistants might've asked the tribal people what's the name of that animal ? And maybe

  • they didn't understand, and they accidentally said you know, I don't know.

  • And they reported. Okay. The animal's name is I don't know. You know, in , in that

  • language. Of course, and the word kangaroo originated from that response. That you

  • know, it kind of stuck and it stayed over the years. So this one was believed. This

  • story is often reported or heard. Even when I went ... I think I went to Australia

  • for the first time about 20-30 years ago, and I heard the same story. I think that

  • a lot of tour guides like to tell a story like this. It's, it's much

  • more entertaining than telling the truth. and I think I even in a guidebook I

  • think I read this same sort of story. But now you know, when you research on it , you

  • find out that this one is actually a myth. All right. Let's continue. However history

  • proved Captain Cook right. In 1898 an ethnologist , you know, that's like ...

  • It's a branch of anthropology that also studies how cultures develop and it

  • probably looks at how their languages as well. W E Roth wrote a letter to a famous

  • Australian newspaper of the day confirming gangurru was correct. Okay.

  • Since that time there has been a number of other ethnologists that have also

  • confirmed it. And even though he wrote it and he confirmed it, they say that

  • newspaper never really printed a retraction. Maybe they liked the idea. The

  • the fake story sounded better than the real story. It was more entertaining. So

  • not so unlike a lot of stuff that's reported in the media today.

  • Sometimes they prefer the untrue story or the fake news to the real news. All

  • right. So confirmed therefore Captain Philip King was wrong and some people

  • think what he heard was probably like another term that was actually similar

  • to like 'an edible animal.' So maybe when Captain King asked it or his assistant

  • asked it. What's the name of that animal ? And they said I don't know what is that ?

  • And they said well it's an edible animal. You can go eat it. Well I don't know. I'm

  • not really sure. Some people suggest that or think that might be it.

  • But anyway, we find out that actually Captain Cook was right. And his record

  • was right. From the original one, way back, you

  • know, way back in the early days. When Captain Cook first went there. Anyway, I

  • hope you got it. I hope you found it entertaining. Thank you for your time. Bye-

  • bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 48. The word origin today is


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