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29 April 2011 @ 11:49 am
Word of the Day: Ken  
Another favorite word... Sadly, I usually use it in the phrase "beyond my ken." :P

ken   \KEN\   noun
1 a : the range of vision 
b : sight, view
2 : the range of perception, understanding, or knowledge

Did you know?
"Ken" appeared on the English horizon in the 16th century as a term of measurement of the distance bounding the range of ordinary vision at sea -- about 20 miles. British author John Lyly used that sense in 1580 when he wrote, "They are safely come within a ken of Dover." Other 16th-century writers used "ken" to mean "range of vision" ("Out of ken we were ere the Countesse came from the feast." -- Thomas Nashe) or "sight" ("'Tis double death to drown in ken of shore." -- Shakespeare). Today, however, "ken" rarely suggests literal sight. Rather, "ken" nowadays almost always implies a range of comprehension, understanding, or knowledge.
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reneekytokorpireneekytokorpi on May 1st, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
Which website do you get your word of the day from? I couldn't find it in back posts.
eithni: bookseithni on May 2nd, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
I have a few sources -

oed.com
m-w.com
reneekytokorpireneekytokorpi on May 9th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D