I don’t want to alarm anyone but I think it might be contagious. Or maybe it only exists in Liezel-ville. Either way it is a pretty destructive/funny thing. I first started noticing the symptoms a while back. The symptoms are very easy to recognise. Basically, if you say things that are better left unsaid or in a way that you shouldn’t or to people that really don’t understand your humour then you have foot-in-mouth disease. So far there is no cure for this dreaded disease. Only a few case studies (of which this is one of them) so far and the only progress that we (and by “we” I mean “I”) have made is that what usually spurs it on is when the subject thinks with emotions and not with rationality. So far there have been no reported fatalities but many, many hurt and bruised egos, and /or laughter.
Regular SARCASM users often fall prey to this disease as it feeds off of their witty come backs and fast thinking. Also, it has nooo mercy. It doesn’t just cause hurt and offence but humiliation and embarrassment. Jy sê dinge wat jy nie wou nie OF jy sê dinge op n manier wat jy nie wou nie OF jy sê dinge wat jy plain weg nie moes nie. Off course, one only realises the error of their ways when they start thinking clearly again and they snap out of it into the chaos that their words have caused. Then you end up walking away thinking about what you said and you realise that how you thought it in you mind is not how it came out your mouth. Daar is n kortsluiting iewers… HELP!! Or you find yourself in the middle of a situation where the other person is saying “wat sê djy? Ek sal vir djou stiek met n fiets speuk nuh” one of two things go through your mind at this stage… when did I end up in Cape Town and WHAT DID I SAY?? EEEEDJIT!!!
You can recognise these poor unfortunate souls by the wake of embarrassed and or laughing people. Or they usually walk around in a constant state of blushing. If you happen to come across one of these such persons, please just hug them and tell them that they are funny and don’t pay attention to the stupid things that this awful disease makes them say.
Foot-in-Mouth Disease is no joke… well usually it is… whatever.