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Word #1 [Jul. 27th, 2006|10:25 am]
Four Letter Words


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The very first word of the fortnight for Four Letter Words is know.

Dictionary definitions:
1. To perceive directly; grasp in the mind with clarity or certainty.
2. To regard as true beyond doubt: I know she won't fail.
3. To have a practical understanding of, as through experience; be skilled in: knows how to cook.
4. To have fixed in the mind: knows her Latin verbs.
5. To have experience of: “a black stubble that had known no razor” (William Faulkner).
a)To perceive as familiar; recognize: I know that face.
b)To be acquainted with: He doesn't know his neighbors.
7. To be able to distinguish; recognize as distinct: knows right from wrong.
8. To discern the character or nature of: knew him for a liar.
9. Archaic. To have sexual intercourse with.

Definitions from dictionary.com.

I thiought this would be a fitting word for our first week, because knowledge is part of what this community is about.

Some relevant songs:

  • This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)- Taking Back Sunday

  • Know It's True- Evermore

  • I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself- The White Stripes

  • Know- System of a Down

  • Somewhere Only We Know- Keane

So, what about you?
What does "know" mean to you?
Is life a quest for knowledge? Do you wish you knew more...or less?
What are some songs, stories, movies, pictures or other things that reflect this theme in your opinion?

In other words, what do you know?

[User Picture]From: tanya_90
2006-07-27 11:11 am (UTC)
Italian: sapere
German: wissen

a book that definately reminds me of "knowledge" is 1984 by George Orwell: "Ignorance is strenght".
I think this sentence makes somewhat sense, in today's society.
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[User Picture]From: mimsicool
2006-07-27 11:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for those! =]

I have to agree on that one. 1984 very much reflects the theme of knowledge. Oh, and I think you're right- sadly, it is true in modern society.
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[User Picture]From: tanya_90
2006-07-27 11:58 am (UTC)
no problem :)

yeah, it IS sadly true :/
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[User Picture]From: sonni89
2006-07-27 11:59 am (UTC)
French: savoir

"know" is a very important word with an even more important meaning, in my opinion... To me it's always, the more I know, the happier I am. No matter what it is, if I learned something, I'm happy. (mostly).
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[User Picture]From: mimsicool
2006-07-27 12:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the translation!

I agree! I have a natural yearning to just know more about...everything. I need to know the "hows" and "whys" and all that about everything!
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[User Picture]From: happyphantoms
2006-07-27 12:25 pm (UTC)

Latin: sapere.

I think "know" is a pretty strong word, considering it expresses a conviction. I mean, you say I think, I mean, I guess a thousand times, and probably I know goes along with that. But how often can you really know something.

All men by nature desire knowledge.

I wonder about that, though...
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[User Picture]From: mimsicool
2006-07-28 07:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for the translation and the quote. Very cool!

That's an interesting point you make, and I have to agree. "I know" means, well, you're certain of it- and as you said, how can you be sure you really know something?
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-07-28 10:14 pm (UTC)
Another translation:

Portuguese: Saber :)

This is Danizinha from Fanbolt :)
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[User Picture]From: mimsicool
2006-07-29 06:18 am (UTC)
Awesome! thanks for that =]
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[User Picture]From: mimsicool
2006-07-29 06:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for that :)
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[User Picture]From: happyphantoms
2006-08-01 10:08 pm (UTC)
What I like about "know" too is that it is basically the only thing we will never be able to do without limits.
There are always open questions...

Knowledge also can be dangerous. See atomic bomb and such.
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