The other day in my Interpersonal Communications class, my teacher introduced me to the term “quid pro quo,” meaning “this for that.”
“That’s interesting,” I thought, “I’ve never heard that term before.”
Before you know it, I was hearing the term “quid pro quo” everywhere. It popped up on the radio, in the newspaper, in a book I was reading.
I was confused. Wait a minute here. I thought I had never heard the term before, but statistically and logically speaking, if I was hearing it now, I MUST have heard it in the past.
I must have heard it without hearing it. It didn’t register in my brain because I didn’t understand it.
I like to think that if I don’t understand something, I actively try to learn about it. I google it or something. But in reality, I often just ignore it without even realizing it. There must be millions of things I don’t understand that I don’t even REALIZE I don’t understand.
I must be really stupid and not even notice.