From our earliest days as students, we’re told that there is no such thing as a stupid question. People trying to become better informed is something I encourage. Generally. There are exceptions, of course, when a question buggers the imagination.
Sitting at my desk, I was just part of this exchange earlier today…
Employee: Is Steve here today?
Jeff: I don’t know, I haven’t seen him.
Employee: I just got an email from him so I was wondering.
Jeff: *blinking slowly* Yeah. Why don’t you hit reply and ask him?
Employee: Oh yeah. Good idea.
It might be possible that there are no stupid questions, but there are certainly plenty of stupid people.
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