Sunday, April 4, 2010

Prompt 110: Cognizance

This week's prompt is cognizance, and the Online Etymology Dictionary defines the word this way:

c.1350, from Anglo-Fr. conysance "recognition," later, "knowledge," from O.Fr. conissance "knowledge," from pp. of conoistre "to know," from L. cognoscere "to get to know, recognize," from co- "together" + gnoscere "to know" (see notice). The -g- was restored in Eng. spelling 15c. and has gradually affected the pronunciation. Hence, cognoscente (pl. cognoscenti), 1778, from It., from L.
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