Couch Tomato

Senior Member
Russian & Dutch
One of the drawbacks and pluses, but more a drawback, of being an audodidact is that you read eclectically in an effort to have a rounded education. In autodidactic people it seems there are surprising gaps in very, very conventional places. So maybe I've read a couple of books on semantics and linguistics, but it's capricious.
(Conversations with Woody Allen – Eric Lax)

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

capricious /kəˈprɪʃəs/ adj
  • characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
I'm not sure if I understand the meaning of "capricious" in the above context. Could I interpret it as "but it's a little bit here and there"?
  • George French

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    The writer is just stating that he gets or does not get it right consistently: his understanding is fickle.

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