Word History

Is that a Kangaroo?
I don’t know
•    When the British Captain Cook landed in Australia and saw the hopping marsupial, he asked, “What is that called?” A native Australian replied in his language, “I don’t know,” which sounded to Captain Cook like kangaroo. Will a kangaroo ever know what it is? (Word Works Kaye 62)

One Response to “Word History”

  1. Tara Melton says:

    What is word works? I love these tidbits you’ve shared from Word Works…and have googled that, but haven’t found anything?