Verbal back-pedaling, social blunder, there are many terms for saying something stupid and possibly offensive during a conversation. And I am unfortunately highly prone to this! I can't even begin to count how many times I have said something without thoroughly thinking it through during a conversation and it played on my mind for days. (Note to self : think before you speak.) I wonder if I should contact the person and apologize, I wonder if it went unnoticed, and in the end I often have to just let it go or I'll drive myself crazy. It's so easy to say something stupid when you talk as much as I do. When I'm comfortable, I talk. When I'm nervous, I talk.
And when I say something offensive I tend to keep digging the hole deeper, instead of just ending it right then and there. I think, "oh if I say something more or just divert the conversation I can fix this!" It never works and tends to make the problem even worse. I really need to listen to myself when my head is screaming, "stop, just stop talking!" So if you happen to be one of those people that I have said something stupid, offensive, or just plain idiotic to, I'm sorry, I truly meant no harm.