As an adjective, perhaps because of encompassing several meanings, the word typical is one of those complicated words to me. I have always confronted with various applications of the word in many occasions and got used to utilize it or interpret it based on its situation in any sentence. But I have decided to make some examples here for its different meanings (at least based on my understanding) in order to define whether I have been correct in my interpretations so fat or not. So I wonder if you let me know how would you rephrase each one of these sentences or what does it means in each sentence below:
- A typical working day, begins at 8 a.m. [To me the word "typical" in this sentence stands for "ordinary"]
- His behavior is fairly typical of his generation. [to me it means: "His behavior is quite ordinary (nothing seems to be strange) in his behavior"] Moreover, I really don't know much about the meaning and the use of the structure typical of.
- It is typical of men not to notice women changes in appearance often. (I would rephrase it as follows: "It is ordinary that men do not often notice changes of women in appearance. E.g. when they dye their eyebrows.) Also, I really don't know much about the meaning and the use of the structure typical of.
- Tokyo is a typical example of a crowded place. [The word "typical" in this sentence means "good" to me.]
- This meal is typical of local cookery. [Here, the word "typical" means "sample/example" to me. So I would interpret the whole sentence as follows: "This food is a sample / example of local cookery."
Note: although all dictionaries have had an attempt to provide many examples, but regarding this specific word, I think all of them have acted weakly and no explanation is clear-cut. So I wonder if you give me a hand to interpret it in an understandable way.