I was watching this video and around the 1:05 minute mark the girl said 'metacogniscent', but I'm wondering whether or not that actually is a word, and if so; did she use it correctly (from what I've googled, the definition of 'metacognition' deviates from her definition of 'metacogniscent')

  • don't tell anyone, but which file formats can be used to show that video which I cannot open. I use Windows XP, however a safe way might be using a hyphen: meta-cogniscent. – user19148 Apr 13 '13 at 22:11
  • He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool; avoid him. He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a student; teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep; wake him. He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man; follow him. Categories 2 and 4 seem to qualify as 'metacogniscent'. I'd say that there are some very informative articles on 'metacognition' on the web; that at Wikipedia shows that the term, new though it is, is typically polysemous: 'Different fields define metacognition very differently.' – Edwin Ashworth Apr 13 '13 at 22:33
  • @EdwinAshworth I can't justify cogniscent, much less metacogniscent. Should be (meta)cognizant or (meta)cognoscent. – StoneyB Apr 13 '13 at 22:55
  • StonyB: I've heard of cognoscente, but not cognoscent. Please explain. – rhetorician Apr 14 '13 at 1:09
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    @rhetorician Cognition (like the Italian cognoscente) derives from Latin cognoscere, of which the present (active) participle is cognoscens, -entis. Cognizant derives from the same participle, but via French co(g)naissance. OED actually lists cognoscent and gives 17th and 19th century citations. – StoneyB Apr 14 '13 at 3:35

She said meta-cognisant (AmE, meta-cognizant) which is a word, in that it is cognisant with meta prefixed.

  • The OED gives cognizant as the first spelling, and its citations are all British ones using the -z- form. – tchrist Apr 14 '13 at 14:13
  • The OED (and I think OUP generally) is well-known for preferring -iz-, unlike nearly every other British institution. – Colin Fine Apr 14 '13 at 23:26

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