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The true story of 'true' - Gina Cooke


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The older the word, the longer (and more fascinating) the story. With roots in Old English, 'true' shares etymological ancestors with words like betroth and truce...but also with the word tree. In fact, trees have been metaphors for steadfastness and faithfulness for as long as the word true has defined the same qualities. Gina Cooke describes the poetic relationship between 'tree' and 'true.'

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  • Educator Gina Cooke
  • Animator Brad Purnell
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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