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Postby William Hupy » Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:51 pm

I am studying Spanish in, I hate to admit it, my early 60s and it is not easy. My synapses are clogged and closed, so I must hammer in the verbs and verb conjugations. I found it helps when I can relate a word to one it closely resembles in English. Today's verb recoger means to collect. This looked close to reconnoiter. I checked the etymology. The infinitive in Latin is recognoscere. Then the French iteration (I only learned how to laugh in French, so I will not even attempt that derivative) and our own dear English "recognize". There, doc, I did all or your work for you!
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Re: reconnoiter

Postby Slava » Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:21 pm

Well, you did do some work, but you didn't quite explain how we got from reclaiming your land to spying. :D

As to needing a hammer, that's why I like to say that often I need pneumatic devices to remember things. They need to be drilled into my head.
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Re: reconnoiter

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:49 pm

One may claim and reclaim. In order to recognize, one must cognize or at least cogitate. Why can't one connoiter?
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