25 "ultraconserved" words that have persisted across languages and millennia, almost unchanged:
"Thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire ,to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, worm."
Story, audio clips, more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national/words-that-last/
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