Explain it to Me Like I’m 5 :: Communication Matters #001

You’ve probably heard the expression as many times as I have: “Explain it to me like I’m a 5-year old!” Or sometimes, in a slightly variant form: “We use a ‘explain it like I’m 5’ approach/philosophy/communication style.” It’s a wildly popular term, and it’s almost always translated into “Explain it to me very simply, as if I know nothing about which you’re talking.”

However, I find this to be an absolute misuse of the spirit of this phrase.

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