Now that I really think about it, Socratic questioning is an art. Right? Right. It's a form of expression that can be mastered by few - not everyone. Just like any other form of art, - like painting, drawing, making clay pots, and even playing the piano - Socratic questioning does not simply develop overnight. Much time and dedication that needs to be put into something like this.
Socratic questioning allows for people do look for deeper meanings in what they are saying. Yes, to some it may seem annoying to get asked several different versions of the same question, but to get to the bottom of things, this art can provide us with a great opportunity to do just that. Allowing the person who is being "Socratized" to think critically can be helpful. If I had someone right next to me asking me several types and versions of unique questions, I think it would be much easier to write and expand essays I get stuck on.
I wonder how long the great Socrates himself spent practicing this art/skill. Surely he wasn't born with it.
Anyway, does this spark any ideas in anyone?
[Very lightly edited to enhance readability -TT]