This clip is from an episode of the Invisibilia podcast, which looks in more depth at everyday things that we usually take for granted. This episode is about clothes, and the unexpected effects they can have on us. The speaker is talking about how bullies at his school started leaving him alone when he started wearing sunglasses.
…people did not really notice me…
Do you know the difference between ‘to notice someone/something’ and ‘to take no notice of someone/something’.
to notice someone/something = to see or become aware of somebody or something. In the negative, this means that you don’t see something, so you are not aware of it. e.g. The driver didn’t notice the red light and almost had a bad accident.
to take no notice of someone/something = to ignore somebody/something. e.g. Take no notice of him, he’s only saying those things because he’s jealous.
If you don’t notice something, you are not aware of it. If you take no notice of something, you are aware of it but choose to ignore it. Does that make sense?