字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 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.