Sense and Sensible : something dear to the Cartesian mind: reason.
Use your sense : Use your brain. Use reason – not emotion! In this … sense … (meaning) sense means taking the various factors of a situation into consideration … BEFORE acting … My grandmother’s expression for this was … Use your noggin (contrary = that’s meshuganah!) By the way, these Yiddish words, too, have become part of the language.
Common sense isn’t so common, she used to say. Common sense. Such as … Use your common sense … The very modern expression to use when something is obvious is:
“That’s a no-brainer!” It’s so clear that you don’t even need to think about it!
What are the contraries to “sense” ? How about these two?
and doesn’t senseless lead us to the idea of something … crazy … mad … insane … > a real absence of reason?
and what about this one … which is a little more fun, isn’t it?
Now who hasn’t been guilty of these … at some point?
Be sensible! Do what reason tells you … you ought to do … (even if it is emotional intelligence …)
Not to be confused with Sensitive: Feeling.
as in “touchy” “high strung” or people very easily hurt or offended,
I say: If being “sensible” is reasonable, then being “sensitive” is feeling.
Be both! Sensitive and Sensible.
Next week, I promise you something on the plural of this: senses. As in 5 … or maybe , in fact, 6 or more, if we include intuition!