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Anyone ever hear a good back pedaling joke? "I haven't seen back pedaling like that since..."?

Asked by YoKoolAid (2424 points ) June 14th, 2012

I had a chance to make a quick witted joke the other day but sadly missed the opportunity. I’m now thinking of what I should have said. Someone made a unintentional but offensive comment and quickly tried to take it back. Anyone ever heard a good line for this situation?

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Trillian's avatar

“We call that back-pedaling where I come from.”
“Quick, jump! There’s the line, behind you!”
“Lots of people tread the linw on their toes with their arms windmilling. You backed up, got a running start, and just glanced at it as you sailed over the top. Well done.”

linguaphile's avatar

I vaguely remember someone saying, “I haven’t seen a retreat like that since the Redcoats hauled ass back to England.”

filmfann's avatar

It doesn’t help to shift into reverse once you drove off the bridge.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

“If you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.”

gailcalled's avatar

If you fall into a bucket of milk, run around in circles until it turns to butter.

Thanks to @robmandu; the French call it L’esprit de l’escalier.‘esprit_de_l’escalier

“This name for the phenomenon comes from French .. philosopher Denis Diderot’s description of such a situation… During a dinner at the home of statesman Jacques Necker, a remark was made to Diderot which left him speechless at the time, because, he explains, “l’homme sensible, comme moi, tout entier à ce qu’on lui objecte, perd la tête et ne se retrouve qu’au bas de l’escalier” (“a sensitive man, such as myself, overwhelmed by the argument levelled against him, becomes confused and can only think clearly again [when he reaches] the bottom of the stairs”).

In this case, “the bottom of the stairs” refers to the architecture of the kind of hôtel particulier or mansion to which Diderot had been invited….”

.Diderot’s fellow-philosophe Jean-Jacques Rousseau….in his Confessions… blamed such social blunders and missed opportunities for turning him into a misanthrope, and reassured himself that he was better at “conversations by mail”.

YARNLADY's avatar

I haven’t seen back pedaling like that since the Captain of the Titanic yelled “reverse engines”.

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