A situation when I am not short of words but confused by the setting. the situation does not let me speak properly/lucidly. I kind of trip over my words.

I don't know what to do. The silence was deafening. I finally ___________ out. Sir, Can I meet you.

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    "I finally blurted out"
    – Mitch
    Jun 23, 2015 at 13:05
  • @Mitch, +1, and that's the answer I was looking for. Jun 30, 2015 at 12:18

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The most natural way to fill in that blank is:

I finally blurted out.

  • Also, what can describe the speaker is 'inarticulate'.
    – Mitch
    Jul 24, 2015 at 17:41

I don't know what to do. The silence was deafening. I finally stuttered out. Sir, Can I meet you.

Use the verb stutter when someone gets stuck on certain word sounds, either because she's speaking too quickly or eagerly.

To speak haltingly

Usage examples-

  • So after she stuttered a bit, she said, “I’ve been thinking so much about Pussy Riot.” (Washington Post,May 5, 2015)
  • “Can you young brothers spare some change? I need to make a phone call,” he stuttered. (The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates)



I'd use utter:

  • To articulate (words); pronounce or speak: uttered "yes." (AHD)
  • I finally uttered (out). "Sir, Can I meet you."
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    The definition you've provided in no way connotes confusion... I'm not sure how this fits. Jun 23, 2015 at 15:10
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    @DaveMagner - I don't see the "confusion connotation" you are hinting at, not in the meaning of the term.
    – user66974
    Jun 23, 2015 at 15:12

Verb and Noun -

Someone who falters is unsteady, wobbly, or unsure.

You might falter while reciting a poem if you forget some of the lines, or falter crossing a rickety rope bridge when fear gets the most of you.



We often use the word "managed" to convey the idea that we're having some sort of difficulty doing something.

I finally managed to ask, "Sir, can I meet you?"


I finally collected my thoughts, "Sir, can I meet you?"

Meets the confusion requirement I think:

To collect one's thoughts means to take time for his/herself after a particularly disturbing event, and to get his/her mind back in order.


or with a bit of artistic license:

I finally untied my tongue, "Sir, can I meet you?"

But only really if the cause of the pause was shyness/embarrassment:

tongue-tied adjective 1. too shy or embarrassed to speak. "Barbara was tongue-tied in the presence of her parents"


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