Canny/Uncanny

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2 comments on this post.
  1. NHGranite:

    I am going to venture another guess here. My grandmother was Scottish, and grew up in Blackburn, Lancashire, so more than one dialect was in her speech.

    If “canny” is knowing, and I think it is taken from “ken”, as in it’s beyond my ken, then to me “uncanny” is unknown or beyond knowing. Something weird means we don’t known how it originates or how it works, or uncanny – as in How did you do that? oooh witchcraft, we don’t know, unknown, uncanny. Spooky.

  2. Maja:

    Makes perfect sense, too. Maybe even more.

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