Richard Osman’s faux pas prompted people to share their own moments of excruciating embarrassment – our 23 favourites
I got flustered talking to a client on the phone during my first day working at M&S HQ and managed to mix my closing comment of “That’s fine” with “that’s cracking”. Needless to say the whole office lost it completely when I hung up after uttering “that’s fu*cking, goodbye’
— Ed Martin (@ehjmartin) May 2, 2018
Talking to a group of 28 year 11 students in my English lesson about ‘colour’ and ‘font’.
I won’t tell you what I called them! #badteacher
— DC (@darrinclarke) May 2, 2018
Over a supermarket tannoy I once went to ask someone to come to the ‘front customer service desk’ and got ‘customer’ and ‘front’ mixed up (not frustomer either). Realising the horror of what id said, I tried to correct it and… said it again. *bing bong*
— robotmoth (@robotmoth) May 2, 2018
I had a similar problem when trying to tell a colleague I was going to look for a patient’s referral. I was trying to say “I’m going card hunting”…
— Sally M (@ichigo84) May 2, 2018
I once answered a call at work, the caller asked to speak to either Marsha or Roger. I answered ‘yes this is Roger’. I had to hang up as I was laughing so hard.
— marshimoo (@marshamaddison) May 2, 2018
just seen a courier off at work. Meant to say ‘Take care’ For some reason thought I’d add ‘See you later’ but brain couldn’t comprehend that, so came out as ‘Take you later’
I just shut the door and can’t ever ever see him again.
— Marcus Creek (@MarcusCreek) May 2, 2018
On my driving test i was so nervous, I was asked where to find the information about the specifications of the vehicle. I didn’t know whether to say the ‘manual’ or ‘handbook’ and instead went for “in the man-book”. I failed.
— Rob Steer (@robsteer) May 2, 2018
My 2 children Chloe and Jack were both being naughty and I was so angry I shouted ‘CLACK’. Then we all cracked up!!!
— Simon Rattenbury (@SimonRattenbury) May 2, 2018
My boss was advising somebody who had a query and tried to say Don’t worry. Take Care.. she said Don’t Care and put the phone down without realising
— Nicola Beeston (@BeestonNicola) May 2, 2018
I did that once.. Instead of “sorry to bug you” or “sorry to bother you” I said “sorry to bugger you”!!.. Which I thought was very polite of me!
— Mike Backhouse (@mikebackhouse) May 2, 2018
I was working on call centre. Very angry customer on the line. I needed to speak to my manager and got mixed up between ‘Bear with me’ and ‘hold the line’, and I said ‘please hold me’.
— tim birch (@timbo19710) May 3, 2018
Our gratitude to the great @scottygb for reminding us of the whole thing.
Happy anniversary to this iconic tweet. https://t.co/gIZe7RrLOh
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) May 2, 2019
To conclude …
My husband has just asked me if I’m ok as I sit here trying to laugh quietly with tears streaming down my face. Some of these replies are hilarious
— Dover Liz (@Doverliz) May 2, 2018