This morning, one of my Taiwanese colleagues came up to me and said that he had a question about English, and then asked me a grammar question. I wasn’t entirely certain at that moment, and I won’t give a definitive answer until I’ve double-checked something, so I said I’d answer within a few minutes. I used Google and answered within a few minutes; I just needed to look at a few examples to ensure that my first instinct was correct. The colleague then asked how I found out the answer. I said I checked on Google to check my instinct with examples. My colleague then said that he has used that before, but that the information is not reliable. I agreed on this point, but I mentioned that certain sources are better than others, and that I can discern what is reliable and what isn’t. (As you know, there is a huge difference between someone’s blog casual blogging and a medical journal. Additionally, my grammar is good, and I more often than not know that I can trust myself without looking elsewhere.) The colleague then said, “I thought you would know because you are a native speaker,” and went about his work.
I was a bit offended by this comment, but I am not sure if my feelings come from ego at needing to double-check my work using an outside source despite being an educated person, or if I was offended because this was a remark made with genuine intent to insult me in a (somewhat) subtle fashion. Similar questions have come up before with the same response.
How would you interpret it?