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Thursday word: kenspeckle

kenspeckle (KEN-spek-uhl) or kenspeckled - adj., (Scot. & N. Eng.) conspicuous, easily seen or recognized.


First written down in the early 1600s, in its obsolete form kenspeck, though it was likely in oral use for a while before that. It probably came from Scandinavian roots -- compare Old Norse kennispecki, power of recognition, and modern Norwegian kjennespak, quick at recognizing, lit. know-clever. You ken? (meaning, know/understand/perceive)

You may think yourself "geyan fine," all covered with Scotch plaid like that, but I wouldn't be so kenspeckle for worlds!

---L.
Tags: adjective, k, norse, scots
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