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Jul 31, 2013
This week's theme
Words seen in their plural forms

This week's words
auspices
paparazzi
cognoscenti
mores
antipodes

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cognoscenti

PRONUNCIATION:
(kon-yuh-SHEN-tee, kog-nuh-)

MEANING:
noun: Those with informed appreciation of a particular topic, such as fine arts or literature.

ETYMOLOGY:
Plural of obsolete Italian cognoscente, from conoscere (to know). Modern Italian form of the word, conoscente, means acquaintance -- you want to use the word intenditore or conoscitore if you mean cognoscente. Earliest documented use: 1777.

USAGE:
"Some passages in Hergé, Son of Tintin seem directed at the cognoscenti. The excursions into prewar Belgian politics are not for everyone."
Cullen Murphy; Georges Remi: Learning His Lines; The New York Times; Jan 20, 2012.

See more usage examples of cognoscenti in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. -Robert Frost, poet (1874-1963)

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