Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).
This is odd…. how would I know how to use a word when I do not know the meaning? If I do not know the meaning, what is that word to me? It would be like a sound or empty chatter. Even `Duh’ is not actually a word but an exclamation to comment on something foolish… See… even an exclamation has meaning.
Perhaps, this was referring to some word that was used wrongly, like `Understand’. When people argue, it was common to hear one saying to the other, “Do you understand?” or “You don’t understand.” I have used this word many times and I think I don’t know what it means. The dictionary stated that it means to know how something works, the meaning of what someone said or to know something well. I shall not say I understand now but more like, I get the drift 🙂
I have used the word `understand’ when I wanted someone to affirm what I was saying or to get their attention in the process of communication. So I should have said, “You hear me?” instead of “You understand?” Another time I think I used it wrongly was when someone tells me about his or her problem and how difficult or painful it was and I said, “I understand what you are….”. In retrospect, I think it was wrong as I am not actually that person to know how he or she feels deep inside even if I had gone through the same situation before. I know we have been told to learn to put ourselves in another person’s shoes to consider what they are going through but I don’t think we can really understand. This has made me reconsider the use of this word and I stand corrected.