Apr. 22nd, 2009

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In my idiolect:
-cognoscente="one who, as the result of their elite powers of taste and specialized knowledge, serves as an arbiter of quality in some field"
-connoisseur="one who, as the result of their elite powers of taste and specialized knowledge, is able to deeply appreciate high-quality examples of some field"

Of course, this is kind of silly; etymologically speaking they're exactly the same word. Is it uniquely silly to me, or do other people see these connotations as well?

(Unrelatedly, I learned tonight that I apparently had a nemesis in high school. Who knew?)

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