What’s my name? What’s my first phone number? Who are my parents? All of these bits of information are so much a part of me that I don’t remember ever NOT knowing them; however, every one of these things were once new to me.
The French have two words for know: connaître and savoir. Connaître is knowing something on the surface, like being acquainted with something. (We get our word reconnoiter from this.) Savoir is to know something completely, like the names of all 50 states and their capitals. (We get our word savvy from this.) You can’t savoir another person since you cannot know them through and through – you can only connaître them. (Conjugate as appropriate.) You CAN savoir nutritional information; but, most of us only connaître it.
Let’s get savvy with our food choices!
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