You know how, even if you know what a certain word means and can use it correctly in a sentence, sometimes when someone asks you to actually define it, you can't exactly put it in words? There are such words, words I "know" but can't actually give you the "dictionary definition" of said word.
Well, the other day, for whatever reason, I did a quick search for a dictionary definition of "introspective". And what was the result?
in·tro·spec·tive: characterized by or given to introspection.
Well, that was a lot of effin' help...! Good thing I already know how to use "introspection," innit?!?
I was reminded of vocabulary tests in high school. Every so often, I'd be faced with a word that I just didn't know. However, if said word ended in "er" or "or", I was all set. I could usually bullshit my way through the answer. Let's say that I didn't know what -- I'll choose some easy words for my examples here -- a "speaker" was, or what a "driver" was, or what an "actor" was. I'd just answer "one who speaks", "one who drives", and "one who acts", respectively, and ninety-five times out of one hundred, I'd actually get away with it!
Of course, certain words just can't be defined in such an underhanded way. Words like "carpenter" and "butcher", for instance. "One who carpents"? "One who butches"? Uhhh, maybe not.
Sorry. Just rambling today.
Thanks for your time.