While I was looking for explanations of the word ‘tacit’ (in regard to my interest in tacit knowledge), I’ve discovered that the etymological root of the term actually comes from Latin, for ‘tacere‘ (be silent), which then became in the 17th century ‘tacit‘, that stands for ‘wordless’ or ‘noiseless’, or more recently for ‘not spoken’.

Reading this word ‘tacet’ suddenly revived my musical memory as it is an expression (usually illustrated on the picture above) known by all classical musicians, which means indeed that it is time to be ‘silent’ or ‘without sound’. Concretely, it meant that one was not supposed to play sounds until notes would appear again on the score. I find it to be quite a nice analogy with the concept of ‘tacit knowledge’ which relates to the unexpressed knowledge, the one that isn’t articulated yet, and is indeed, silent.

It also illustrates very well on what kind of mode I’ve been these recent weeks, as I haven’t published anything for quite a while. Well, I reckon I was just being ‘tacet’ while studying ‘tacit knowledge’… But I can’t wait to explicitly express myself again, and soon more posts will be published. The summer is over, and a new year of discoveries is just about to start.