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    As is well known

    It seems the phrase "as is well known" describes the thoroughness of knowledge, "well" referring to the fullness of knowing. But do you think the phrase also carries the meaning of being widely known, widely being a large number of people with the knowledge? Strictly speaking, widely and well should be different things. But I just want to find whether the two meanings are a little overlapped here in this phrase. Thanks.


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    Re: As is well known

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    It seems the phrase "as is well known" describes the thoroughness of knowledge, "well" referring to the fullness of knowing. But do you think the phrase also carries the meaning of being widely known, widely being a large number of people with the knowledge? Strictly speaking, widely and well should be different things. But I just want to find whether the two meanings are a little overlapped here in this phrase. Thanks.
    well = it is common knowledge; it is widely known and accepted


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    #3

    Re: As is well known

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    well = it is common knowledge; it is widely known and accepted

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