There is always going to be something you will not know about in life. Always. So I am sorry to the know-it-alls that believe that memorizing 70 digits of Pi means that they’ve unlocked every key of knowledge there is. No matter how old you are, you will always find something new to learn. There will always be something you won’t know. Like, I don’t know how long I can talk about not knowing stuff in this OP. I don’t know. That phrase seems to be a good escape word to questions from people if you don’t want to carry on a conversation. Not always because you aren’t aware of the answer, but because you know the conservation would go nowhere once you reply. Like, well- here. “What are those small pockets in the front of your jeans for?” I don’t know. “What happens if I try to eat the little silica packets that come in every package?” I don’t know. “How do you say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards?” I don’t know. See? Easy. The conversation then has no opportunity to become awkward because it ended abruptly just like that. Awkward chit-chats and dry small-talk with people are the worst. Also, just imagine the person’s reaction if I had actually answered them and said, “They are actually for your watch. In the early 1800s, cowboys wore watches with chains on them, and to keep them from getting damaged, they placed them in their small pocket introduced by world renowned denim jean brand Levis. It’s called a watch pocket.” Or if I had gone, “Actually, nothing. Silica gel packets are actually non-toxic and harmless. It would be more of a choking hazard, if anything. Since silica is another natural form of silicon dioxide, it’s basically just sand, just not as granulated. However, it is indigestible so it would probably look the same coming in and coming out………….. But you know. Still don’t eat it.” See?I would just sound snarky. That’s why it is easier to keep the small talk… small. Responding with ‘I don’t know’ simplifies the conversation. I am a really bad public speaker, and I don’t like to talk to new people only because I’m scared about how my impression will affect them. The encounter will usually start off strong, but gradually declines as each word passes. I know that personally, I have missed out on so many opportunities because I always shut down and end everything before it can even start. But maybe that’s something I need to change. Maybe it will get better as I go along. Maybe I will learn something new. MAYBE if I had replied,
“Docious-Ali-Expi-Istic-Fragile-Cali-Rupus” there would be something I DO know at least;
I don’t know how to say that word correctly.