reknown vs renown : Common Errors in English

About reknown vs renown

When you won the national spelling bee you achieved great renown (fame). Now you are a renowned speller (notice the -ed ending on the adjectival form). Many people mistakenly suppose that because “renown” has to do with being well known the word should be spelled “reknown,” but in fact it is derived from the French word nom and has to do with gaining a name. In French, fame is renomée.

renown Meaning(s)

  • (n) the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed

reknown in News

renown in News

  1. Expedition hopes to find La Salle's long lost ship

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — As a teenager, Steve Libert was mesmerized by a teacher's stories of the brash 17th Century French explorer La Salle, who journeyed across the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi in a quest for a trade route to the Far East that he hoped would bring riches and renown.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Expedition to northern Lake Michigan may reveal location of La Salle's long lost ship Griffin

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — As a teenager, Steve Libert was mesmerized by a teacher's stories of the brash 17th Century French explorer La Salle, who journeyed across the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi in a quest for a trade route to the Far East that he hoped would bring riches and renown.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  3. Russell Crowe & Jimmy Fallon Are Now Masters of the Michael Jackson Crotch Grab

    Last night on Fallon, Jimmy was joined by renown choreographer/dancer Jamie King to discuss his massive Vegas show. It would have been a pretty standard interview had King not been sitting next to Russell Crowe , who was out earlier to hype Man of Steel , and who took part in King's impromptu class on Michael Jackson moves. Before you scream " shamone ," King had Crowe and Fallon grabbing their ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Zimbio

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