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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Why is it that sometimes words just come out wrong? Please tell me it happens to you, too. I mean, I can be talking to someone and all of a sudden, my tongue just takes over and says something completely different than what my brain tells it to. Like you haven't noticed.
Case in point:

I’m filling in at the front desk of work and the receptionist takes a break. I answer the phone and they ask for an attorney who is currently talking on another line. So I say, “He’s on the other line, could you hold just a pinute, mease?”

Could you hold just a PINUTE, MEASE? Who talks like that?????

And then there’s the time a friend was watching a beauty pageant on TV and I said, “Look at him sitting there with his hung tanging out (of course I meant “tongue hanging out”).

There are many more such times, but I just can’t embarrass myself with them all. It’s one of the reasons I’m afraid to speak in public. Who knows what might come out? I can’t risk it.
Does this ever happen to you?
Diann Hunt  
posted at 3:30 AM  
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18 Comments:
At 11:36 PM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

Oh, thank goodness--I'm not alone in this wierd affliction.

Last year at the ACFW conference I was introduced to a writer I've admired from afar. What did I say? "Hello, I've always presented you."

What??!! I simply smiled, walked away, and never spoke to her again.

I also used the word wimple in a sentence once when I was nervous. And, no. I wasn't talking about a nun's habit.

 
At 12:57 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I think it comes with being a writer, you're used to being able to edit, and you're not around people that much any longer, so when you get there, you forget that you can't hit backspace! LOL.

 
At 1:02 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I tend to mix idioms and sayings--to my great embarrassment. (E.g., "He's not the sharpest penny in the drawer.") Sadly, my students remember every slip like that I've made--and enjoy reminding me (and others) of my many mix-ups.

Also, even when I know perfectly well who someone is and in my mind I say, "Kristin", what comes out is "Karen."

 
At 2:46 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

I'm glad to know I'm not alone!!.
I Just did this last weekend.
Sometimes words just will not come out like they should.
My brain is saying one thing and my tongue other!
This happens to me when I'm writing a letter to my friend.
Again the brain is telling write one thing and my hand is writing want it wants. "?" I need help I know.
We are all more alike then we think ..LOL

 
At 3:01 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

Diann, you're just a master of spoonerism. No reason to be ashamed.

 
At 8:45 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Of course it does! And as far as speaking goes, when it happens when I'm speaking, everyone laughs WITH me because it's a universal bonding point--making a fool of oneself. LOL

 
At 8:52 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

My dad used to exchange the first letters of two words for fun when talking to us as kids but the sad part - I now catch myself randomly doing the same thing in regular conversation. Oh and than add in the fact that I talk to fast sometimes...
I bet there are days I sound like a babbling idiot :P

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh good! Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone in this! :-)

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger Robin Lee Hatcher said...

Happens all the time to me. Sometimes I stop a few words later, as whatever I said finally reaches my brain, and I ask, "Did I just say what I think I said?" Then friends, family, and perfect strangers nod and laugh.

Same thing happens with my fingers. They can type the strangest things, nowhere close to what is in my mind.

Robin
http://robinlee.typepad.com

 
At 12:10 PM, Blogger Kellie said...

All. The. Time.

Only mine is always naively inappropriate. Like the one time I was the secretary for the Executive Chef at a resort. I had to walk through the cold kitchen to get to the mail room on the other side of the hotel. When I walked through there were three Pantry Chef's (they handle all the cold appetizers and salad stuff) all slicing cheese for the veggie trays for a huge luncheon.

I had been in the mail room and business office for an hour. When I back through the kitchen to my office, The Pantry Chef's were still dressing the tray's. I walked in and said "Wow, Y'all are still cutting the cheese?"

It's been almost 10 years and I still cringe at that one.

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger Deena said...

I'm famous for it in my family. When I get too tired and Chronic Fatigue kicks in, my words get more tangled than a ball of yarn with a kitten attached to it!

And we have an entire made up vocabulary from our verbal mixups...like the time my husband thought church, said people, and it came out cheeple.

Plus, I tend to talk in kidspeak...when my son was little he loved Snoopy as "Joe Cool" but he called him, "Cool Jew"...so when something impresses us, we tend to say, "Cool Jew"...and get the oddest looks....

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

These stories are cracking me up! Kellie and Deena those were hilarious!

I'm sure if Suzanne shows up, she'll have a funny story--she's full of them! *g*

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

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At 6:06 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

I have a perfect example of this. One day at work, my brother was feeling cold so he asked his boss "Do we have any Choc Hocolate in the break room?" meaning of course "Do we have an hot Chocolate?" haha- his boss teased him for weeks.

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

So badly, my crit group has a hall of fame of my bad faux pases. Unfortunatly, mine tend to be in typing. Case in point when I typed "but it" the space went in the wrong place.

Color me blushing.

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Try being a preacher and saying things like that! My preacher husband said, "Let's set some side atime this week to seek the Lord" (set some time aside). He's done other things like that. I have, too. Funny!

 
At 9:45 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Too funny, Shelley!

Ane, somehow I KNEW you would understand!!! *g*

You know what's really scary, Kristy? I read that comment and didn't see anything wrong with what your husband said until I read your explanation! LOL!

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Christine said...

Personally, I think it is the true genius who does this!! The problem is not that your brain is not working hard enough - it's that your toungue can't keep up with how fast your brain is moving! It's like the difference between writing with pen on paper and typing on the keyboard. I'm much faster at the keyboard and therefore can think faster when writing. But if I use pen and paper, my handwriting soon becomes a dismal, garbled mess. My hand can't keep up with my brain!

So you see, there's no reason to feel embarrssment when your tang gets toungled. Just calmly explain that you were thinking at the speed of light, but your tongue just couldn't keep up!

 

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