Posted by Word Camel on October 18, 2002
In Reply to: Putting your foot in your mouth posted by Katie Wallace on October 18, 2002
: : What
would be the exact meaning and connotation of this one? My friend says "When you
speak of someone "putting their foot in their mouth", it means that they spoke
thoughtlessly, or made a brash comment without realizing that someone around might
find the statement offensive. It does NOT apply to when someone makes an ordinary
statement and someone else doesn't understand it or takes it the wrong way."
: : But I think it's when you say something without taking account of what the connotation of what your saying might be. Such as when you ask a heaveset woman when her due date is, only to find that she's not pregnant. Clearly there's no misunderstanding there, and she didn't take it the wrong way. The issue is in what you said.
: : Thanks for helping clear this up!
: Hi -- I need help. Can someone please translate the sentence "Please do not put the empty carton back into the refrigerator" into Latin for me? I would greatly appreciate it.
: Thanks, Katie
We have stopped doing (l-word) translations here. This is really a forum for discussing phrases in English but because we did one or two translations, Google picked it up and refers people here. (shhh don't mention the "l-word")
I'm enclosing a link, courtesy of a kindly Woodchuck, that will take you to some place that can help you.