"What is a Filo- so-fer?" M enunciated carefully.
"Here it says that Muskrat was a..." and she showed me the book page.
"A philosopher. Umm, I think that's a person who ponders hard-to-answer questions, like 'What is the purpose of life?' "
"Or, how did the Big Bang start the universe", M tried to grapple with this new term.
"No, that's a scientific question. A scientist can do experiments to try and find the answers to such questions. That can't be done in philosophy."
"Or, how did God create Man?"
"No, that's a theological question, not a philosophical one."
"Or why are we Hindus instead of some other religion?"
"Not exactly", I was starting to run out of adjectives that could be easily explained (cultural? social?ethnic?).
"Though it is possible that people of different religions may develop their own philosophies."
M gave up trying to get a coherent answer from me and went back to her book and the whimsies of Moomintroll and Muskrat.