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Thursday, March 23, 2017

56. Astrognosy | Learn One Word Today

{Letters ~ 10 l Syllables ~ 4}
{Scrabble score▪14}
An ominous orange Moon glows in the black.

Astrognosy:

🅽  a branch of astronomy having to do with the fixed stars. 
Merriam-Webster

Astrognosy:

🅽 Knowledge of the stars; the branch of astronomy concerned with the fixed stars.

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher. From astro- + -gnosy, after German Astrognosie or its etymon post-classical Latin astrognosia.
Oxford Dictionaries


Etymology of 'Astrognosy':
"knowledge of the fixed stars, their names, magnitudes, etc.," 1835, from astro- + -gnosy, from Greek gnosis "a knowing, knowledge," from PIE root *gno- "to know" (see gnostic (adj.)).

Etymonline

Bloggers Note.

This blog's focus on the "gno" theme is no accident. I have included this once poetic term, that now seems to be lost in time. Researching its origin led to Samuel Taylor Coleridge as the alleged culprit behind the term.

Coleridge, we might remember was a companion of Walt Whitman, and the two of them are credited with starting the Romantic movement in British Literature. Personally, I have always felt a strong draw to Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The epic poem, or rather its epic metaphor represents a puzzle his blogger still hasn't solved to his own satisfaction, and I have yet to read a critique for the poem that is acceptable to my reason.

Coleridge, as it turned out was one of those renaissance men whose passions and interests extended far beyond poetry and into everything from science, cosmology, and even, yes, astrognosy, a term he coined.

For a deeper understanding of astrognosy, I recommend some of Coleridge's Marginalia. A brief survey sufficed to impress this blogger as to the extent learning and interesting character of the romantic poet.




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