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

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.


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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