It's Tuesday, and that means it is time to participate in Tova Darling's "Totally Awkward Tuesdays" event, in which we write about something awkward or embarrassing and link to Tova's post, and she maintains a link list of those who participated.
So if you want to have a blast laughing at the awkward and embarrassing exploits of your fellow bloggers, be sure to visit Tova Darling's awesome blog (if you haven't already been there) and read all of this week's awkwardness! Here is my contribution to today's "laugh at us" festival:
When I was in middle school in Alabama in the 1970's (8th grade I believe), the "hip" slang term (at my school, anyway - I can't say whether it was "hip" anywhere else) to call someone you found annoying was "turkey." As in, "You are such a turkey!"
(You could get in huge trouble at school for calling them what you really wanted to call them, which was an a--hole or a beeyotch or a shite-head, so "turkey" had to do.)
Well, soon enough, the "hip" reply to that became, "Oh, yeah? Then eat me, pilgrim."
So one day I annoyed the crap out of my Dad somehow and he said, "You are such a turkey sometimes."
I said... you guessed it... "Eat me, pilgrim."
... awkward silence....
... and then my Dad asked whether I even knew what it meant to say "eat me."
At that point, I realized that I had been using this phrase with *no idea* that it might mean anything other than, you know, like eating turkey on Thanksgiving. (Jeepers was I naive!!)
Then I had to listen to my Dad explain oral sex to me and the slang term "eating" that was used for it (because of course this was before Al Gore invented the internet, so my Dad couldn't just tell me to go look it up at urbandictionary.com) ...
... yeah, that was awkward.