Terri King Speaks

Sticking My Foot in My Mouth

by on Aug.05, 2008, under Uncategorized

You know those moments when you know you’ve said the wrong thing as soon as it comes out of your mouth. Yea, me too. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t pull the words back into your mouth. I’ve had more than one incident of that lately.

My recent blundering around has led me to thinking about damage control once the foot is in the mouth.

Here goes:

You could laugh light-heartedly giving the impression you meant to say that but it was all in good humor. With this one, you’re hoping the recipient actually finds some humor in your blunder. It’s an option in most situations except maybe at a funeral, where you might be better off with your foot in your mouth than a smile on your face.

You could straightway acknowledge that you should not have said that and you didn’t mean it that way at all. This one seems to lead to more awkwardness but there may be a time when you just have to bear down and do what you gotta do. Fess up and take your punishment. Use of this approach is best, I think, when you have stepped in it with a close friend or family member. They’re more likely to forgive you anyway.

You could ignore it altogether if there’s any chance the person didn’t hear you well or there are other immediate distractions to divert you, the conversation or the other person. This one seems to be the riskiest approach and could be perceived and a serious inconsideration if the disenfranchised person actually did hear your blunder. You’re bound to get tagged as insensitive if that happens. Be careful with this one. It’s best used at loud parties.

I welcome any other damage control ideas you may have. Lord knows this week I need them.

Terri King

2 Comments for this entry

  • Jerry

    I’m discovering more and more that the Bible really does have the best guidance and “answers.” Now that you know my source, I vote for option “B” — Face up to it and ‘fess up to it.

    I enjoy reading your Blog–keep it up!


    1 John 1:9 — If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and clense us from all unrighteousness.

  • Christine

    Hi Terri! I enjoy your blog! Your second suggestion is best – simply and sincerely apologize and go forward.

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