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My brother once asked me if there was a word for telling the truth and then strongly regretting it, and when i looked on the internet, i couldn't find one... so i decided to ask on here. I then began to think more, and wondered that if there was a word for telling the truth and then strongly regretting it, was there a word for lying and then strongly regretting it? or was there a word for one and not the other... or a word that could describe both? i do mean strongly and sincerely regret, might i add, rather than to just have second thoughts.

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    Having second thoughts? – WS2 Jun 13 '15 at 22:10
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    When you ask a question on a site for "serious English language enthusiasts,", you really should expend that extra effort and capitalize the word "i" in your question – especially when it shows up three times in one sentence. – J.R. Jun 13 '15 at 22:27
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    If you regret saying something, you wish to recant it. – Mazura Jun 13 '15 at 23:02
  • @WS2 haha or just plain 'regret' – Mitch Jun 13 '15 at 23:58
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I am unaware of a single word to replace 'I regret what I said' or 'I shouldn't have said that'.

There is a phrase: know when to keep your mouth shut.

Truth or lie, you wish you'd just kept your mouth shut. Then you wouldn't be in this mess.

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That is when you put your foot in your mouth. If you're aware of the indecorum to the extent you describe, you're mortified.

I'm unaware of a term which captures in a single word the mortification that comes from specifically having put one's foot in one's mouth.

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