I know how to cook, but I’m still acquiring the know-how, the ability to look at the ingredients in my fridge and put together a meal based on just that. The know-how to pull out the right seasonings to turn a bland meal into an enjoyable one.
It’s odd, as I have the “know-how” to taste the high, mid-, and low tones of the spices in a dish, to know that something is missing, unbalanced. Or, in the best circumstances, that it is balanced. But I’m horrible at creating something without recipes. I lack that know-how.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: know-how|
|Part of Grammar:|
|To understand the method||Practical ability or knowledge
Ingenuity, aptitude, or skill
Commercial and salable knowledge of how to do a particular thing
The fact or state of knowing
|I know how to boil water.
I don’t know how to knit well.
Do you know how to change the oil in your car?
She knows how to get the most out of a few dollars.
Hey, girl, you know how we do.
|Know-how and a little luck will see us through.
It takes know-how to run a truck that size.
She has the know-how to invest her money well.
Our employees who have been us for a number of years have the know-how that cannot be taught in school.
You gain know-how with every job you take on.
I’m sorry but we’re looking for someone who already has the know-how.
Noun: ken, knower
Verb: ken, known, knowing
Verb, modal: can
|History of the Word:|
|An Americanism coined between 1830–40 in a noun use of the verb phrase know how|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?