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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

Miscommunication and Education Differences: A Case Study of the Meaning of "IDK"

The conversation between the servant maid and her landlord is an example of miscommunication due to the different levels of knowledge and education of the two parties involved.


The servant maid asked her landlord about the meaning of "IDK" which is an abbreviation commonly used in instant messaging and social media, especially by younger generations. However, the landlord replied abruptly with "I don't know" without explaining the meaning of the abbreviation or offering any additional help.




The servant maid felt hurt by the landlord's response, as she had asked for help and expected a more helpful response. She explained to the landlord that she had not had the opportunity to receive formal education, and thus did not have knowledge of some basics.


The landlord, understanding the situation, apologized and offered a more detailed explanation of the meaning of "IDK." The landlord also highlighted the importance of asking for help when in doubt and avoiding assumptions, as this can lead to embarrassment.


This situation underscores the importance of effective communication and empathy in our interactions with others, particularly when it comes to differences in education and knowledge levels. When someone asks for help, it is essential to respond with kindness and understanding, offering a clear explanation or assistance where possible. By doing so, we can avoid misunderstandings and foster positive relationships with those around us.

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