Breakfast Topic: Foot in mouth disease

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The World of Warcraft is a common topic of discussion in my family. As such, I tend to forget that while my parents might enjoy hearing about my exploits on my shiny new shaman, my friends may not. In fact, they may very likely have no idea what I'm going on about. A simple change in subject can fix that well enough. Laugh it off and move on.

Sometimes, though, I say these things in public. Maybe I'm on the phone with Dad or shopping with Mom, and suddenly a lack of context leads to embarrassing misunderstandings. To wit:

  1. I spent all last weekend grinding on turtles. So many turtles! They just kept coming!
  2. That guy in Tarren Mill is awful! He always convinces me to poison the dog.
  3. I kept beating that priest over and over and he just wouldn't die!

All innocent statements, if you know the jargon and context. All reprehensibly immoral acts punishable by a court of law, if you don't.

So, what was the last thing you said in front of a friend (see statement 1), complete stranger (statement 2) or professor who holds your grade in his/her hands (statement 3) that you wish you hadn't? What reaction did you get? How did you explain your seemingly ludicrous statement -- or did you even bother?

And rest assured that we all know what you mean here.

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This article was originally published on WoW Insider.