What I think, is you’re dealing with someone that doesn’t want a conversation. Not a back and forth, but a one-way showcase of their desired genius.
The way people take things shows us how their internal thought process works. It’s why some people get offended when none is intended. We often like to blame the orator, but in my eyes, the listener should seek clarity before concluding.
Can we speak in a way where we’ll never be misunderstood? I don’t know. But I know that asking questions is allowed, so I’ll ask first and decide second.