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Foot in mouth

Posted by Kiani on March 23, 2001

In Reply to: Foot in mouth posted by marcus on December 28, 2000

: : : I would like to know if someone could define the phrase "Foot in Mouth" and its origin.

: : "Foot in mouth" means saying something really inappropriate -- saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. I haven't found its origin. I did find a reference to a pun -- foot in mouth disease -- a play on "foot in mouth" and "hoof and mouth disease." That reference said "foot in mouth" is an old saying. I'll post again if I find something more definitive.

: : I concure. Open mouth, insert foot, wiggle vigoriously. can you say "Well, step on my tongue!" while standing on it at your best friend's wedding? put a sock in it junior. I hope it doesn't derive from biting one's toenails while laughing.