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An example is if I was speaking to someone about baseball or something similarly innocent and nonchalantly said "That reminds me of my mother. She was killed in a car accident two years ago." The person I'm addressing is obviously taken aback by the statement and shocked by the statement, while I, on the other hand, am behaving normally as if I hadn't said anything out of line.

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. . . The person I'm addressing is obviously taken aback by the bombshell, while I, on the other hand, am behaving normally as if I hadn't said anything out of line.

bomb(shell) TFD

n. a stunning piece of news that is dropped without warning.

drop a bombshell (brick) TFD

To reveal something that is very surprising or unexpected.

Depending on the context and the needs of proper grammar, either idiom could be used.

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"irreverence" comes to mind, and the person comes across as "irreverent".

irreverence

irreverent - "having or showing a lack of respect for someone or something that is usually treated with respect : treating someone or something in a way that is not serious or respectful" MW

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infelicity - something, esp a remark or expression, that is inapt or inappropriate

Sort of like faux-pas or gaffe but with less requirement for someone being mortified.

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The action could be described as an incongruity and the person as incongruous though usually applied to objects rather than applied to people.

Not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/incongruous

There are many formal and less formal terms used for such a reply

anomalous, bizarre, inscrutable, kitsch, kooky, left-field, outlandish...

and almost monosyllabic

inapt (discordant) can be used for a remark that's not suitable or appropriate in the circumstances.

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  • While this does seem to fit the context, I don't think this is the word I am looking for. I remember reading this word somewhere and looking up the definition. I can recall it being a shorter word, possibly even monosyllabic. Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 22:27
  • gaffe is monosyllabic.
    – stevesliva
    Commented Dec 10, 2018 at 17:29

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