People keep sending me this BBC story, “Last speaker of ancient language of Bo dies in India,” so I guess I’d better post it. I’ve posted enough dead-and-dying-language stories I was going to let this one go, but the fact that you can actually listen to a clip of Boa Sr, the last person who knew the language to any extent, is unusual and worth applauding. (I don’t suppose anyone here knows what the deal is with that odd-looking name? On the Vanishing Voices of the Great Andamanese website, it’s given as “Sr.” with a period, for example in their brief obituary for her, but I suppose it’s probably not short for “Senior.”) I will add, as an irritated aside, that Alastair Lawson upholds the sorry tradition of BBC science “reporting” by proclaiming that Bo was “one of the world’s oldest languages.” Attention journalists: that is a meaningless statement. Please recalibrate your gobbledygook generators.