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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

Have you committed a tremendous faux pas recently you would like to share with the group?

Asked by Imadethisupwithnoforethought (14671points) July 19th, 2012

Perhaps you did something tremendously social awkward a ways back. Do you still bear emotional scars? You would probably feel better sharing.

Have you seen someone do something recently that made you cringe in empathy?

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WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I asked my recovering alcoholic brother if he wanted a beer. Thankfully, he didn’t hear me, and neither did anyone else. They were too busy cackling like hens over some silly joke. Phew!

jordym84's avatar

This story makes me blush every time I think about it.

I was interning in Disney World this past year and while working outside one day, a family approached me for directions. There was a little girl of no more than 2 years of age in the group and she came up to me to show me a little purple flower that she’d just picked from a nearby planter. I got down on my knees to talk to her and she accidentally dropped the flower and somehow couldn’t find it so I, in my best Disney persona, said very innocently “Aww you lost your flower” and as soon as the words came out of my mouth I realized how they could’ve been misinterpreted if taken out context and I was so mortified that my face grew really, really hot. I think the grandma was the only one who heard what I said because she gave me a really dirty look (or it could’ve just been my imagination) but to this day my face still gets hot and I feel really embarrassed at the mere thought of it lol

downtide's avatar

I have a friend who’s male-to-female trans, even though she really doesn’t pass as female in the slightest. I referred to her as “he” without thinking. Three people, including the woman in question, heard me, and I apologised immediately. That was really embarrassing.

wundayatta's avatar

I’ve decided never to commit fauxs pas any more. Whatever I do, I’m not going to beat myself up about it any more. I’ve done enough of that for about ten life times.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I feel like I am one of the most socially awkward people I know. One of the memories that still haunts me was when I was 16 years old and it was the first day of my first full time job. To cut a long story short, I coughed and farted at the same time in front of one of my colleaugues. I don’t know if she heard it but although I haven’t seen her for a few years but it still makes me shiver with embarresment when I think about it.

Shippy's avatar

Yes, I post and ask strange questions on Fluther and thank goodness no one knows me!

sliceswiththings's avatar

No, but it reminded me of this: several years ago a bunch of our family friends were together for a barbecue. We kids were all teenagers. One of the “kids” asked one of the other parents how their cat, Smoky, was. He told her, “Well, Smoky’s dead.” Good faux pas, but my favorite part was that the girl quickly said, “Oh what a faux pas!!” Fancy word for a teen!

talljasperman's avatar

Yes… Wanted to date an woman (Lets call her C) in university and I waited to long to make a move. She started dating someone else and I moved on and dated the first woman that walked by. The two women “C” and “M” became best friends and the first woman “C” broke up with her boyfriend and I figured I could ask her out on a date. Then I realized that I would hurt the feelings of my girlfriend “M” so I tried wondering about polite ways to move on. I broke up with my girlfriend “M” and told the first woman “C” that I loved her over an E-mail. It turned out that too much time had passed and the first woman “C” had gotten engaged. So I tried to ask my old girlfriend “M” out again… and she dumped me after 3 days. Then I got even more confused and tried to steal the first woman “C” away from her boyfriend. Then both of them called me a lying, manipulative, jerk and I tried lying my way out of it and getting the relationships back to friendships . The cops were called and I didn’t know what to do in this situation. So I feigned feigning insanity and dropped out of collage and moved home with my mother until this day.

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