Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cognoscente – Wordplay Wednesday™ 01/17/18

Knowledge is Awareness 

… and vice versa, if you think about it. When we are truly cognizant of our surroundings … our motives … our inner self … we are profoundly aware. Add heightened passion, and we become a …

COGNOSCENTE (kägʹnɘ shenʹtē) n. – a person with special knowledge in some field, esp. in the fine arts. [WW #147]  
With a venerable origin from the Italian conoscere and Latin cognoscere—to know, see—cognoscente conjures images of ancient Greece and Rome. Its Italian and Latin proliferations gave us such “seers” and philosophers as Seneca (4 BCE – 65 CE), Boethius (472 – 524 CE), Plato (428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BCE, and the celebrated Aristotle (384–322 BCE).

Although arts may refine a cognoscente, passion in any sphere enhances one’s definition.  

Which brings me to … cogito ero sum (Latin): I think, therefore I exist: from the early certainty of Descartes. Now there was a cognoscente.

Descartes created his special knowledge of understanding human nature by eschewing the past and starting over. We say we’re going to do that every New Year’s Eve. 

But a new beginning isn’t just about relocating or shedding bad habits. Start first, with a cleansing of body, mind, spirit and soul.Then follow your heart and trust your intuition.

Don’t know where to start? Meet the philosophers … read their works … ask yourself how you can embrace their wisdom to remove the waste of the past and forge the steel of your future as a cognoscente.

Word Challenge: COGNOSCENTE. Start this New Year by discarding what hasn’t worked and look inside for what will, as you fit cognoscente into your week of philosophical writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cox-combry – Wordplay Wednesday™ 01/10/18

Silly: A Daily Nutrient for the Brain 

Feeling a little giddy after the New Year's festivities? Say this week’s Wordplay Wednesday word three times fast … that oughta make you feel downright …

COX-COMBRY (-kōmʹrē) n. – 1) silly conceit or foppery; 2) an instance of this. [WW #146]

I looked for the dictionary’s distinction of “archaic,” to be associated with this word, but nope—they’re serious. Maybe I’m just leading a sheltered writer’s life and everyone else uses cox-combry on a regular basis.

Is it possible, I have never heard cox-combry used in conversation, over my whole, 39 and Holding … and holding … and holding …. life?!
Please tell me if I’ve been missing out or simply not part of the cox-combry “in crowd.”. I’ll be crushed (see the crocodile tears?), but I’ll get over it.

Word Challenge: COX-COMBRY. Being a joker is a skill. Life needs to be a little senseless on a daily basis, to make sense. Smile knowingly, as you fit cox-combry into your week of silly, humorous writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)