I Know the Answer, but I’ll still ask the Question

Context : I am waiting for a shared auto at the junction near my office. A guy approaches me.

Guy : Is this sector 57?

Me : No. This is sector 58/59. 57 is a few more blocks ahead.

Guy : No way! This is sector 57.

Me : If you were so sure, why did you ask me in first place?

Such a scenario is not happening for the first time. People who ask a question just for the sake of asking it. When they are so confident that the guy answering it is wrong. What do they want to prove by such a question? To make the other person aware of his shortcomings in the knowledge of a particular thing? To prove his/her own superiority in the said thing? To provide a vent for the argumentative side of his/her personality?

Whatever it is, it is uber lame IMHO. There is no need to prove your superiority/other person’s inferiority when not asked for. And the best way to deal with such situations is to feign ignorance and let the other guy walk away feeling proud about his superiority.


About V
A software developer by profession, Milcom is a football lover and considers music as his religion. While he is not working, he likes reading blogs, listening to music, reading novels or simply sitting idle, in which he is a world champion.

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