Like it? I just made it up.
It’s the name for something of which I’m frequently guilty. Certain people have absolutely no filter: whatever they think immediately comes out of their mouth. I lived like this for many years but after great effort, I manag to only say every other thing that occurs to me.
But I have refined this even further. I never set out to insult or hurt anyone – it just seems to happen. And it seems to happen inadvertently. I will come up with something hilarious and immediately start spewing. Only later do I find out that something I said was inadvertently upsetting to someone in the vicinity.
The genuine oddity here is that I have no knowledge that what I say will upset or offend. There’s no possible way I can know this. It’s almost like extrasensory upsetting: I pick up a topic from the ether that bothers someone but I don’t know it.
We have a consultant at work today. I’ve seen him here before; he seems to be pretty nice. I made a joke about the damn longhairs in the room (I have a pony tail too) and we laughed. He said something about not hearing me and I answered that my earphones from my iPod ruined my hearing (in an exaggerated New England accent). When he answered back, it turned out he has a New England accent. I never talked to the guy before – how am I supposed to know if he has an accent or not? Fortunately we all laughed.
I’m the modern version of the guy standing in front of a group making horrible jokes about the boss (while he’s walking up right behind me).
Many years ago I was at a band rehearsal and the drummer’s father said something about the drummer’s girlfriend being late. I launched into a stream-of-consciousness rant about how horrible this is, he should have used condoms, now in nine months he’ll have a little drummer, etc. Two weeks later he told me she was pregnant.
How the hell was I supposed to know? :)
I figure if my foot just stays in my mouth, I don’t have to waste any time taking it out or putting it back in. Of course the other route would be to just shut the #*@( up, but we all know that’s not going to happen…