How do I bring my too-smart-for-his-own-britches down to my level?
March 7, 2013 1:11 PM Subscribe
I have a friend who I communicate with on Facebook, etc., who will routinely alienate everyone from a conversation by using highly technical terms and arguments, even in casual debates.
Any suggestions with witty or equally logical responses that will make him recognize he needs to communicate in laymans terms... or at least something that someone without a doctorate degree would understand?
posted by Unsomnambulist to human relations (48 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Admittedly, he's one of the smartest people I have ever know. Confirmed to have an extremely high IQ, and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree of some sort and breezing through the workload.
But it's making him harder and harder to communicate with. I'm sure there's a term for this I can point out... that while he may become better educated in a particular field, it doesn't make his opinions stronger, or have any more influence. In fact, the language he uses means less people can learn from him.
There's got to be a quote out there by a world leader or philosopher addressing this very issue, but I'm open to quotes from any MeFiter!