Pretending to understand

posted Jul 21, 2011, 12:44 PM by Abhishek Ojha   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 8:09 PM ]

Sometimes we don't understand anything at all but we behave in a manner that we actually do.  (This is such a common behaviour that there should be a word in English for this. I don't know if there is already one !).  In such cases generally we smile... in chat boxes we reply something like 'he he' or 'ha ha'. In other cases we try to divert topic to something related...

but it becomes funny when we speak of something which is not related to the topic at all or if we try to show that we are an expert even without any clue :) 
Similarly, At work places some people don't even know about their own work and in meetings they say "yes we have this ready"... and after such meetings all burden goes to their juniors... while other clever people (even if they have it ready) say... "we need couple of days to finish this" :)

We should try to admit that we don't know... but its difficult to do. We don't want to be left out or look alien in discussion but sometimes its better to be left out than sounding funny !