Words…we all use them, but do we use them correctly? And what about those words that have slipped from our grasp, not being used because we don’t even know the meaning, much less how to use it in a sentence? Here are some fun ones to grasp on to today. Thanks Susannah for the grammar lesson! ~Elle
Ken – a noun meaning – one’s range of knowledge or sight; awareness, perception, vision, understanding…being within one’s grasp. Comprehension, realization, appreciation, consciousness – to put it simply – it’s what you know.
It’s a word you don’t hear much, but when you do your ears swing open like stadium doors since three little letters say so much. “What you mean is beyond my ken, can you simplify it for me?”
Ken is considered what is known as a fossil word meaning, an artifact from a different era not used very often yet still has its place of honor in the English language in what’s called, isolated usage.
In other words – we don’t use it anymore. Here are a few compiled by Mark Nicol.
Ado: bother over unimportant details (“without further ado” or, more rarely, “much ado about nothing”)
Amok (or amuck): in an uncontrolled manner (“run…
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