Sense and Sensible : something dear to the Cartesian mind: reason.
Not to be confused with Sensitive: Feeling.
Use your sense : Use your brain. Use reason – not passion! 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!)[audio:http://test.paris-savannah.com/wp-content/uploads/MF55069.mp3|titles=sense]
“Common sense isn’t so common,” she used to say. Common sense. What we all (should) know by now!
What are the contraries to “sense” ? How about these two?[audio:http://test.paris-savannah.com/wp-content/uploads/mf42039.mp3|titles=senseless]
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?[audio:http://test.paris-savannah.com/wp-content/uploads/MF53128.mp3|titles=nonsense!]
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 …[audio:http://test.paris-savannah.com/wp-content/uploads/MF42041.mp3|titles=sensitive] [audio:http://test.paris-savannah.com/wp-content/uploads/ex420411.mp3|titles=Actors are very sensitive to criticism … ]
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. Of course, it’s taken me quite a few years to come to that conclusion …
Next week, I promise you something on the plural of this: senses. As in 5 … or maybe , in fact, 6 or more …
PS/ (My thanks to François and Fred L. for this subject … as well as dinner chez Matsuri and an artistic evening the other night!)