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When you proclaim to solve a technical problem and a non-technical person asks what you did...

Me: "Well, it was complaining that it couldn't find a database by its alias name and then I realized the alias name was being applied to stored procedures used inline with the query but it had to be used on the fields being passed into those procedures instead."

Them: "Those sound like English words..."

Me: "I named the Table A and put the A's in the wrong spot."

Them (dubiously): "Oh, okay..."


They knew they wouldn't understand my answer. I knew they wouldn't understand my answer. Yet they ask anyways 馃槄
Nanori31-35, F
"it wasn't working, I made it work"
eMortalM
People like simplicity. What they care about is their emotions. I always give them answers 鈥 all computers will stop working鈥 or 鈥渁ll transactions will be rejected鈥 馃槀 They get it!
NorthwestM
You should be able to find a non-technical jargon to explain the issue, especially if you're part of a team.

Sooner or later, someone who does not understand code, is going to make a budgeting decision, and they will make it based on how well they understand the issues.

Einstein's most significant talent, was his ability to explain the most complex topics, using language everyone is capable of understanding.
HannahSkyF
You couldn't explain it in basic terms so they'd get the gist of it, since they asked?
ViciDraco36-40, M
@HannahSky this was more meant to highlight the humorous nature of technical jargon matching English words but containing entirely different definitions in a way that each word means something different to listener than it does the speaker and in so doing loses coherency as a sentence despite knowing each word spoken in the sentence.

It's not a dig at anyone's intelligence, but rather poking fun at both the English language and technical terminology re-using words for new concepts rather than inventing new words. I have been on the listener side of this exchange as well in fields I am not knowledgeable in.
Colonelmustardseed36-40
It sounds so cool even when I don鈥檛 understand it. 馃榿
AndysAttic56-60, M
Well Ma'am...there's your problem.
Starcrossed41-45, F
Talk nerdy to me more 馃馃ゴ
馃槅馃槣

 
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