Blunder: (n) a stupid or careless mistake.
The human race is constantly coming up with more gentle terms to cushion the word “failure.”
If we think we have been outstanding, “victory” or “success” seem to cover it well. But when some error occurs, the degree of severity has to be tenderized by the selection of the appropriate word.
Sometimes we’ll start off by saying, “It was a misunderstanding.”
Or “We misspoke.”
Occasionally we work up the courage to pronounce our last effort “a mistake.”
But it’s very unusual for human beings to be so forthcoming as to admit a blunder.
Other words avoided are “fiasco, a big pile of poop, idiotic”… and of course, the more truthful and cleansing pronouncement:
I fucked up.
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