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Embarrassing moments 1

on October 27, 2013

When you bump into someone whose name you’ve forgotten and, in order to cover this up, you say, “How do you pronounce your name again?” and they say “Bob”, or “Sue”.

29 responses to “Embarrassing moments 1

  1. ha ha ha! I ran into my middle child’s preschool teacher after probably 20 years. She wanted to know how everyone is – named all my children, referred to me by name several times and I could not think of hers (it had to be obvious). Then, I’m walking down the ramp to the carpark, thinking ‘gee it was nice seeing Renee’ ha ha!!

  2. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Priceless !

  3. Funny! This happens when I see former students who of course remember me and I can’t remember them (until perhaps a few hours later, if at all.) I just smile and nod and chit–chat.

  4. haha! that’s too funny!

  5. Colline says:

    So funny! šŸ™‚

  6. or could you spell your last name for me and it is S M I T H

  7. I have decided the best way around this is just to admit it and say, “I’m sorry but I’ve forgotten your name” and get it over with. I’ve never had anyone do anything but share a chuckle with me over my memory lapse. It has the conversational advantage of giving them a slight leg up and the conversation seems to flow freely afterwards.

  8. Terry says:

    Oh that is a good one Julie!!! Bob or Sue, ahhaha, I do that so often, can’t think of their name. I just plain come out and say I am getting old, can you refresh my memory? It has been so long!!! You gave me a great laugh! thanks for sharing

  9. bulldog says:

    I have reach the stage where I just ask straight out… and tell them I suffer from “Sometimes” not Alzheimers… sometimes I remember and sometimes I don’t…

  10. Yup. That is embarrassing šŸ˜€

  11. Trust me been there done that, can’t walk back from those, just smile and giggle self-consciously. šŸ™‚

  12. It’s funny how awkward we feel forgetting someone’s name… when so many of us have this happen. Somehow we feel we offend them by not remembering and so we wrack our brains all the while talking to them frantically trying to remember….Diane

  13. I am horrible, absolutely horrible, with names. šŸ˜¦ I can relate!

  14. tootlepedal says:

    I am so bad with names that I am more or less impervious to embarrassment now. I just say that I haven’t a clue what their name is. Mostly they aren’t too cross.

  15. janeslog says:

    The problem is that some people change in appearance quite a lot while others look almost exactly as they were in primary school. I have never changed much since I was a child so many people recognise me and start talking to me.

    I sometimes wonder who they are and have to figure out if they were in my class at school, at university, my cycling club etc.

    I used to always pass women in my street who seemed to wear the same outfits until I realised it was one woman. She kept changing her hair style and colour.

    The Tunnocks factory is near where I live. They make the world famous Caramel Wafers and Mallows. The factory in Uddingston is huge, so one of the elderly family members who worked there used to travel through it on a motorised scooter. One day he saw a factory worker eating a biscuit and tried to chase her through the factory on his scooter. She went home and dyed her hair and went to work the next day. She was not recognised as the biscuit thief from the day before!

  16. Now that is funny…………

  17. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    This is hilarious! šŸ™‚ Glad you’re laughing.

  18. janechese says:

    I get anxious introducing one friend to another, because I know that I often forget. then will go blank-sometimes I give up and say “how about you introduce yourselves” Very embarrassing.

  19. I am with you here. I ALWAYS forget people’s names.

  20. Every day that i leave the house people talk to me whose names I don’t know. I fish for clues. They see me gardening but I don’t always notice them. I even don’t recognize people I talk to and like. I have face blindness which makes it worse. I like the Tootlepedal approach.

  21. Lynda says:

    So it isn’t just me this happens to? (WHEW!) šŸ˜Æ

  22. I’ve learned to ‘fess up and tell them I have forgotten their name. If they are insulted, I am sorry, but I have little control over what I remember, and names are a biggie.

  23. FlaHam says:

    Julie, I have done that countless times, and still do. I just say I’m having a brain fart and forgot their name. That usually gets a smile, the name, and sometimes even a laugh. Take care, Bill

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