'wissen' and 'kennen' both mean 'to know'. Today, we'll learn a really easy way to tell them apart. And no: it's not the kind of knowing as you usually hear.
The core idea of this root was
It’s the origin of can and to know and a big branch of Latin and Greek words that are all about knowledge in some way.
Here’s a little (incomplete) overview:
- can, could (“knowledge, skill”)
- to know, knowledge, acknowledge (“to know”)
- cognition (“get to know”)
- agnostic (“not knowing”)
- ignore, ignorant (“not knowing”)
- incognito (“unknown”)
- connoisseur (“the knower”)
- diagnose (“know about someone else”)
- recognize (“know again”)
- physiognomy (“knowledge of the physique”)
- notice, notify
- noble (“the known ones”)