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re + co + gn + ize recognize

Context from Greta’s speech: “But unless we recognize the overall failures of our current systems we must probably those probably don't stand a chance.”

From Etymonline:

recognize (v.)

early 15c., "resume possession of land," back-formation from recognizance, or else from Old French reconoiss-, stem of reconoistre "to know again, identify, recognize," from Latin recognoscere "acknowledge, recall to mind, know again; examine; certify," from re- "again" (see re-) + cognoscere "to get to know, recognize" (see cognizance).

Some semantic interpretations:

Along the history of this word, we see the senses “acknowledge” “examine” and even “recall or recover the knowledge of”. How can you discuss these ideas in relation to the climate crisis?

Possible orthographic investigations include:

Here we have evidence of another two-letter base with no vowel letter. While every word must have a vowel letter, there is no such need for a morpheme. After all, as Carol Chomsky (1979) told us, a morpheme doesn’t even have a pronunciation until it is in a word.

Click the “cognizance” link in Etymonline to find the deepest written root of this family. When you get to the entry for <cognizance>, you will find the deepest written root for this etymological family is the last word in italics before the PIE root. When you search that root, you will find more present day English words words in this etymological family. Perhaps my favourite is <ignominious>! See what else you can find.

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I recently received this lovely message from an environmental group called Sofar Ocean.

I was delighted to find they discovered this Real Spellers post that so clearly targets their interests and that the were asking about linking to each others' work. Absolutely! This kind of connection just reinforces the value of using structured word inquiry instruction as a means of deepening understanding of content areas.

Also, I've posted this comment in this special 'interactive format' of my original post that Real Spellers webmaster Matt Berman put together. The text of my original piece is the same, but Matt has created this format so that the reader can click on the identified words (at right) for resources, and those links can also be found in the text of the post. I hope to collaborate with Matt for more of these interactive kinds of posts. If you like to print off and study such documents on paper, you can go to the original post for the WordWorks Newsletter #99 at THIS LINK.

Below is the message from Sofar Ocean and the link to their work. Let's keep the col + labor + ate/ + ing going!

Hi there,

I’m Alexander from the Sofar Ocean editorial team. We connect the world’s oceans to provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet.

I’m reaching out because your post caught our attention as we were searching for ocean temperature, marine ecosystem, environmental disaster, climate crisis, coral reef ecosystem-related topics.

I was wondering if you can link it to our piece How Does Climate Change Affect the Ocean since we are of the same wavelength and have the same type of readers.

You may tag it/backlink it to any relevant text in any of your articles that you deem relevant. As a token of good faith, the Sofar Ocean team would be happy to campaign your website and content across our social media channels.

Let me know what you think.


Alexander Brown

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