Created By: KJMackleyFebruary 4, 2012 Last Edited By: KJMackleyFebruary 9, 2012

Perpetual Foot In Mouth

A character who is not good at interpersonal communicating

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"She said stop talking, I shoulda stopped talking..."
-Leonard: The Big Bang Theory

Some people are just not very good at explaining themselves. It's not that they are The Unintelligible, they just don't put together their sentences with any sense of forethought. If they were able to watch their words they might avoid a lot of problems, but it isn't a habit that's easy to kick because that is a skill they have to acquire.

See Poor Communication Kills for one-off incidences of this happening.

Compare No Social Skills. Often results in Digging Yourself Deeper

Examples:
  • Elliot from Scrubs was notorious for just not being good at making a good impression, especially in the early seasons. J.D., on the other hand, was quite good at dealing with people and they would contrast each other. This is most evident in the second episode, where Elliot pissed off the nursing staff and J.D. coached her on apologizing. That didn't stop her from digging herself deeper.
  • Leonard from The Big Bang Theory is pretty good at interacting with people and is generally a nice guy, but also has a habit of rambling on and saying the wrong thing. This is most apparent in his relationship with Penny, she even mentioned that they tend to get along fine until they start talking too personally.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • February 4, 2012
    LeeM
    Title and description seem to be incomplete. Can't tell what it's about from this.
  • February 4, 2012
    KJMackley
    I accidently hit [enter] mid-way through writing it, the full YKTTW is up now.
  • February 4, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
    See also: Open Mouth Insert Foot for when this doesn't happen quite so often.
  • February 5, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Athlete'sTongue?
  • February 5, 2012
    LeeM
    Obviously Truth In Television for a lot of folks. Can't think of too many fictional examples, though.
  • February 6, 2012
    KJMackley
    Yeah, I'm thinking this trope is sort of "Great idea, but where are the examples?" I came up with the idea after realizing how Leonard was written, but I knew I need at least one other example and didn't write the YKTTW until I realized Elliot also fit the mold. But I'm also stumped for more examples.
  • February 8, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
    Fred Flintstone?
  • February 9, 2012
    TheLynn
    Temperens Brennan from Bones could be an example. "What is a sensitive way to say murdered?" when speaking to a victims brother, being a good quote.

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