Have you ever used that phrase, or had it used on you?
What was going through your mind when you used it?
"OK, I have no idea what that is," is a phrase I have heard way too often, in contexts I would not have ever expected in the past few days.
Someone asked me what I was getting my Master's in. I said, "Electrical Engineering," to which he responded with "OK, I have no idea what that is."
I exclaimed, in shock, "Really!"
He said, "What was that, again?"
"Electrical Engineering," I repeated sheepishly.
"Oh, I know what that is," he admitted.
"Sorry, I overheard... you are staying up to work on a school project?" a Barista asked when I pick up a Vente sized caramel frap.
"Yup. We're optimizing a particle simulation," I elaborated.
"OK, I have no idea what that is," she said.
"What?!", I thought to myself. "Optimize, Particle, simulation, all those words are understood by most people. Sure. There are a lot of details I left out. But they are irrelevant." Finally, I say "It doesn't matter. It is a computer program of some sorts."
To which she said, "Oh, I thought it was something like that. Well, good look and have a good night."
"You too," I replied as I left with my coffee.
Yet Another Time
Someone asked me, "So what do you do at <my company>?"
I tried to be as "lay-person" as possible, while still keeping the content, and said, "I work on special chips used for probing parts of a computer."
"OK, I have no idea what that is," he said.
"Well, I could elaborate a lot more if given a chance, but I thought my first sentence made a little sense, at least," I thought to myself. I then say, "I work in R&D, Research & Development, for quality assurance."
"OK. I guess, it's too smart for me to figure out," and he turned to someone else to continue talking.
"Was I being pretentious or arrogant?," I think to myself. "I wasn't trying to put him down or anything by expanding R&D as an acronym for him. It just came out that way."