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This is a question Foot in Mouth Syndrome

What's the worst social gaffe you've ever made? When you know you've said the wrong thing to the wrong person and wish the ground would swallow you up. In other words you've just contracted a bad case of foot in mouth syndrome. Tell us your stories and we'll share your pain.

(, Tue 20 Apr 2004, 22:27)
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Shamed into confession....
Having posted earlier about one of my wife's (many)faux pas, I am now forced to confess to one of my own.....I'll never hear the end of it if I don't....come to think of it, I've never heard the end of it anyway....

About 10 years ago, my younger brother turned up at our house unannounced, to show off his new girlfriend, Carole. Whilst reasonably pleasing to the eye, it soon became all too apparent that she had the IQ of a lawn sprinkler and the charisma of a burning orphanage....

As we all sat there struggling to fill those awkward silences, I noticed that amongst the many necklaces she was wearing, was one with a gold letter 'D' on. As we had already learned her name was Carole - and my brother's name begins with an S - I thought "Aha! A perfect opportunity to open up new lines of communication....."

Obviously, during the five minutes or so we'd spent in her company, I had somehow managed to put my brain in neutral (must have been infectious), whilst leaving my mouth very firmly in gear....conversation went as follows:
Me: If your name is Carole, how come you have a gold 'D' on a chain round your neck?
Carloe: That was for my last boyfriend...he was killed in a car accident....
Me: Oh. So, 'D' for Dead, eh....?

Strangely, the romance didn't last....although to this day, whenever anybody in the family has an outbreak of foot-in-mouth, it is referred to as a 'D for Dead' moment.
(, Wed 21 Apr 2004, 15:32, Reply)

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