Yeah, happens to me all the time.
Sometimes the faux pas is your fault. Sometimes it's not. In my opinion, it's not who throws the net of social blunder, but how one escapes after being caught. Are you a laugher? Do you shout out, "Awkward." Do you walk away, change the topic, or have a witty comeback?
Most of the time your reaction depends on the situation. Here are three conversational blunders to be aware of:
The Misunderstanding: Perhaps you are only partly listening. Or you may be listening intently and the person isn't completely clear. Either way, The Misunderstanding can cause serious foot in mouth.
Person 1: Life's been so stressful lately I can hardly bear it all!
Person 2: Yeah, I've got a great story about baring it all. It happened last summer in Cancun..
The Last Word: When a conversation topic is winding to a close and you speak last. A lengthy pause ensues.
Person 1: I think we're all in agreement that the scarecrow is the best character in "The Wizard of Oz."
Person 2: Yep. "If I only had a brain..."
The Inappropriate Laugh: A person shares a thought that you think is a joke and you laugh only to realize that he/she was serious.
Person 1: My mom totally needs brain surgery.
Person 2: Ha ha ha, yeah mine too. Speaking of which, how was your mom's doctor appointment yesterday?
Let's hear your stories. Or solutions. Either way, I'm in need of a good laugh today.