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Key terms and ideas Alternate histories

Integration Language A & B, history, anthropology

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A deep dive into the wormhole of sci-fi invention

An article linked to a fun new dictionary, which offers some surprising histories of words we might expect to be far more recent than they actually are.

Students can focus on this line to explore the nature of dictionaries (particularly non-generic dictionaries): “dictionaries are alternate histories — through shifts and changes in language, they form a precious historical record.”

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Michael Dunn, theoryofknowledge.net

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