A Gibbering Fool

That’s what I felt like last Friday.

I already mentioned a few times that sometimes I end up stuttering when talking in English specially on days where my brain can’t seem to control the words coming out of my mouth. After last Friday, I was reminded that there are worse things that stuttering. That is, spouting complete gibberish unintentionally.

At the end of the day in the office, we usually bid each other a customary “see ya” when someone takes off for home. And on weekends, there’s also a “have a nice weekend” thrown in.

So, at around 5pm, my office mate got up, turned to leave the office and bid all of us still in the office farewell. I then responded with: “Okay, see ya. Have a nice weekend.”

That’s what I meant to say. But here is what I actually blurted out instead: “Okay, bluthadsa. Gubuslubhudahda.”

What the hell!? It was embarrassing. I was just thankful he was already walking towards the door and he probably didn’t hear the gibberish I just mumbled. I did say it in the tone you’d expect so he could’ve still guessed what I really meant.

With each day I feel like I should just keep my mouth shut to avoid embarrassing verbal situations such as that.

Published in: on April 4, 2006 at 12:00 pm  Comments (6)