Revised as of 18 February 2018
No, really, I have actually come across articles and books that confuse these. I know, I know, how can anyone knowingly confuse know with no? Especially when one knows how many times no is tossed around in our world, lol.
And, no, I don’t care if they are heterographs.
…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|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Adjective; Exclamation; Noun
Plural for noun: noes, nos
Be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information
Used to indicate that something is quite the opposite of what is being specified
Used in notices or slogans forbidding or rejecting something specified
Most people know that CFCs can damage the ozone layer.
I know what I’m doing.
I just knew it was something I wanted to do.
I knew it!
He knew and respected Laura.
Isabel couldn’t hear the words clearly, but she knew the voice.
a little restaurant she knew near Times Square
a man who had known better times
He is also known as an amateur painter.
The doctor was universally known as Hubert.
You are convinced you know your own baby from any other in the world.
There is no excuse.
No two plants are alike.
It was no easy task persuading her.
Toby is no fool.
You’ll be back in no time.
No Smoking signs
No nukes are good nukes.
“This is boring.” “No, it’s not!”
They would never cause a fuss, oh no.
Oh no, look at this!
Oh, that’s a big no-no.
Noun: ken, knower
Verb: ken, known, knowing
Verb, modal: can
|History of the Word:|
|Old English cnāwan (earlier gecnāwan) meaning recognize, identify is of Germanic origin and from an Indo-European root shared by the Latin (g)noscere and the Greek gignōskein.||Old English nō, nā (adverb), from ne [not] +ō, ā [ever]. The determiner arose in Middle English (originally before words beginning with any consonant except h-), reduced from non, from Old English nōn.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Somehow, know has a number of conflicts within homonyms, and you may want to explore other posts that include know or no, including Know How versus Knowhow, Knows vs Noes vs Nose, and Knew versus New.
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