10 awkward moments we have all been through

Published: February 3, 2014

We've all done and said things we've regretted later but we usually end up laughing about them years from now. DESIGN: ZOYA ZAIDI

We aren’t perfect. We cannot always make witty remarks and indulge in interesting conversations all the time. All of us make the one off faux pas – tell someone they have bad body odour or say things jokingly only to have the other person offended.

Sounds familiar?

This happens all the time.

If it weren’t for it, then you and I would be the only two people living a monotonous life.

Being social animals, we can’t possibly avoid interaction. We will do things that are embarrassing or things that will put us in awkward positions.

There are guidebooks and rules for such social etiquettes. But even if we memorise them by heart, we will not be able to dance to its tunes every day. There are so many of them that it is difficult to be on the right track. And sometimes, it’s just downright impossible.

So here I am, not as an answer to your prayers but to tell you that there is basically no safe exit for such frivolities. Not even a memory eraser to help you get a clean slate… sigh.

So rather than whining and feeling ashamed of things, let’s all understand that awkward is the new regular and we have to survive it. The thing you all need to understand and realise is that we will survive it and will laugh about it in the years to come. For now, lets’ just go down memory lane and recall the awkwardness.

So here’s a list of the 10 most awkward moments we have all been through at least once in our lives.

1) When you try to make someone laugh… and fail miserably

We were standing watching the end of a boring ceremony. It was out of the blue that I decided to share a joke to lighten the moment. I read the joke a few days back and it was still fresh in my mind, at least that’s what I thought. So I began. The joke went on for two minutes until I came to the punch line and then I waited for my friend to laugh at the joke. All she said was

“That’s your joke?”

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 2) Waving at a friend who doesn’t see you

It’s alright. It has happened to everyone.

With me it doesn’t end here. People other than my friends wave back at me and then I have to clarify that I wasn’t waving at them. People usually end up giving me a deadly look as if I’ve offended them. Am I offending them though? It’s just a wave, I promise!

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3) Pulling the push door and pushing the pull door

It’s ok if you’re with your friends and they see you trying to comprehend the door signs. However, it gets really awkward when you keep on pushing the pull door for your teacher or other random people out of courtesy.

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4) Send the wrong text to the wrong person

Yup, we’ve all definitely been there. It all starts with when you’re texting your BFF about how rude this shrewd, obnoxious, snob one of your classmates’ is and how you’d like to choke her only to realise that you’ve sent the text to that obnoxious classmate by mistake. Awkward doesn’t even begin to explain it.

Kill Self

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5) Hugging and air-kissing is the new handshake

All of us have old relatives we don’t want to hug or kiss for whatever reasons. But all your attempts are futile when you go for a handshake and they pull you for the hug instead, long ones I might add. I guess there’s a lot of love to go around.

hug (1363) Animated Gif on Giphy

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6) While grocery shopping, you ask the salesperson the price of some product.

Only to realise that he or she is just another customer like you.


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7) When someone watches you write your old email address on your Facebook login page

Pure embarrassment takes over, especially when it’s something like:

–          [email protected]

–          [email protected]

–          u&[email protected]

–          [email protected]

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Or when you thought it was cool to spell your name with ‘x’ instead of a ‘z’ or ‘3’ instead of an ‘e’. *face palm*

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8) Sleeping in the office during work hours

During my second week of a new job, I decided to get some shut eye for a bit. Just to rest my eyes, I swear.

I must’ve been really tired though, because my boss had to tap my table thrice to wake me up. Luckily, he understood how everyone, including himself I’m sure, has these days and decided not to kick me or fire me.

Source: Mrwgifs

9) When people think you are your mom’s older sister

One day, I decided to accompany my paternal aunt, who looks very young as compared to her age, to one of her friend’s wedding. The friend’s father, during the introduction, thought I was my aunt’s older sister.

Yeah right!

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I have also been on the giving end of this. One time, I assumed my friend’s mother was her grandmother, by mistake of course, and you can imagine how offended she must’ve been and how bad I must’ve felt.

I didn’t even know how to apologise to my friend and her mother.


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10)  Riding a qinchi and being stuck in the traffic jam

This doesn’t need explaining at all. For those who don’t know what a qinchi is, it’s a type of a rickshaw attached to a motorcycle, where passengers sometimes sit with their backs towards the driver.

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I’m sure most of us have been through half or almost all of the above mentioned never-to-be-remembered-again moments. But I’m sure all of us cracked up while remembering all the things we did and all the awkward moments survived.

I hope your trip down memory lane was as entertaining for you as it was for me.

Sarah Farooq

Sarah Farooq

Pursuing a degree in marketing, she is an avid book reader, food lover and a great listener. She has recently acquired a hobby of stargazing. She tweets as @SarahFVohra (twitter.com/SarahFVohra)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Reader

    Really enjoyed reading your article. Failure in making someone laugh and sending the wrong text to wrong is just bang on!! Nice workRecommend

  • Shail Arora

    He he… I have a copyright on 1, 2 & 3 :)Recommend

  • Parvez

    Full marks for choosing the slides that go with each item…….each one was spot on.Recommend

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com The Only Normal Person Here

    What a delightful write up. ALL true. Thumbs upRecommend

  • Huzan Waqar

    Really cracked me up! Especially the last one. Wonderful write upRecommend

  • Stranger

    Num 6 has happened to me more than once. I totally empathize with u on these issues.Recommend

  • madeeha kafeel

    No doubt an excellent piece of writing! Thumbs up for you but these slides are little bit distractingRecommend

  • Dq

    I used to think that its only me who is doing faux pas all the time…Recommend

  • Omer


    Nice piece! and the #10 is sheer bizarre! LOL it feels like you’re some kind of live audience watching performances happening around.Recommend

  • Anwaar

    No.7 and 10 …personal experience :-S…..Recommend

  • Saima

    Hahaahaha You, Ma’am, just made my day!

    The images were superbly linked to the comments. Thank you! And Amazing work!Recommend

  • hareem

    hahhahaha! amazingly humorous and entertaining article. (Y)Recommend

  • Emmad

    A wright up very close to reality. Num 4 happened to me once. A text message to my female colleague wrongly sent to my wife…….. And the rest is history-:(Recommend

  • http://www.sychores.blogspot.com Haider Ali

    Haha…couldn’t stop laughing….Spot on……..
    that videographic emphasis was stupendousRecommend

  • Aamna

    Sending a text to wrong person= virtual suicide. :/ Recommend

  • Sarah

    @Omer: Oh definitely. At times I dont even know what to do. Especially at a traffic signal when everyone’s bored and looking around. Downright scary!Recommend

  • Sarah

    @Emmad: Oh boy. That must have been …! But on a good note, you are alive ^_^Recommend