Learn English idioms and slang: To put your foot in your mouth

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Sometimes we embarrass ourselves by saying something stupid. You can say, I embarrassed myself by saying something stupid or you can say I put my foot in my mouth. In this episode we look at that expression and also to make a fool of myself. Both of these expressions are used for embarrassing behaviour. Listen to this episode to hear our examples of situations most people consider embarrassing.

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Maura: Today’s expression is to put your foot in your mouth. It’s a long one.
Harp: Yeah, I like this one as well. So, this is to put your foot in your mouth.
Maura: Right. So the meaning of this expression is to embarrass yourself by something you that you say.
Harp: And this can also make others uncomfortable or embarrassed too.
Maura: Right! So you say something stupid or strange and it creates an uncomfortable situation.
Harp: Yeah. If you imagine trying to actually put your foot in your mouth, it would be embarrassing, and make you look stupid.
Maura: Yeah, I think for most people it would be a very difficult thing to do, to put your foot in your mouth.
Harp: Exactly!
Maura: So, the result is really the same. In both cases, whether you say something stupid or you try to put your foot in your mouth, you are embarrassed and you look stupid.

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Jo Jakeman

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  1. guswarni.anwar@gmail.com' guswarni anwar says:

    It’s so funny topic..I like it..Indeed, I had ever experienced about that..to put my foot in my mouth..I hope, I will never do it again.. it is a shame for me..

  2. hoangduykt7990 says:

    This podcast is really interesting!! I’m a talkative and sometimes I offend my friends, I say anything without thinking carefully, I blame them, so I often make my friend annoyed, thus, I put my foot in my mouth!!! well, thanks for this podcast! Nice

  3. cookies says:

    Haha…it’s very funny.It’s normal that one put his foot on his mouth some time. You can’t avoid making mistakes, embarrassing yourselves all the time but just don’t ever do this again. I think it’s the most important thing. Anyway,thanks for this useful expression!!

  4. chance4bchange@yahoo.com' Chance says:

    Thank you for your episodes, so helpful and interesting to learn English in this way!

  5. Danae Truong says:

    It’s really useful. Thanks so much!


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