For all of you short people out there, you have heard many, many, many, many insults. Quite unfortunately, most of these insults are true. However, one of these insults is still being debated on whether or not it is valid. This insult occurs when a short person tries to act smart and tough for whatever reason to a fellow peer. Consequently, this fellow peer is at least a foot taller than the short person. Therefore, practically speaking, the short person isn’t really “talking down” to the fellow peer. A bystander watching this situation unfold might risk their life and quietly remind the short person of this dilemma, and tell them that no matter how tough and smart the short person tries to be, the short person’s height puts them at a slight disadvantage. You can probably guess how this would end; the short person would be very insulted, and instead of trying to talk down to their fellow peer, they now believe that this bystander is not very bright and starts “talking down” to this bystander. Alas, the bystander is also a foot taller than the short person.
But let’s get back to the real question here. Can a short person really “talk down” to a taller person? Of course, a short person couldn’t truly talk down to a taller person due to their height, but in this case, “talk down” takes a different meaning. The online definition of “talking down” is to speak to someone in a way as if the person cannot understand things as well as you can. This makes the debated question easy to answer, because clearly, if the shorter person is obviously smarter, and the taller person is not so smart, then indeed, a short person can “talk down” to a taller person.