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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:31:41 PM
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curiousness, curiosity

What is the difference between the above words?

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thar
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:49:59 PM

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One is a real word, and one isn't.

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 3:17:42 PM

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Well, personally, I would have said the same. I have never heard 'curiousness', and it seems that the word is useless (as there is already the word 'curiosity'.

However, the American Heritage Dictionary, Roget and Farlex wordnet thesauruses all list it as existing.

Here's the graph of usage in books (Google ngram viewer) - I looked at which books it is used in, and they're mostly books on semantics, linguistics etc.

One of them (one of the Semantics books) says that the difference is that:
- a person displays curiosity by being curious,
- a person or thing has curiousness if it makes people curious.

Alice showed her curiosity when she remarked upon the curiousness of the situation.

So, Koh Elaine, I would say - don't use the word "curiousness" - it will make most people think you don't understand English properly.
However, do realise that some very specialist books about language do use the word occasionally (by very rarely).


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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 5:26:29 AM
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Thanks to both of you.
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