Text messaging has become a huge part of life in the 21st century. Unfortunately, embarrassing mistakes in these messages are also becoming more and more widespread. Though text messages colloquially refer to messages sent via Short Message Service, or SMS, on cell phones, they can actually refer to any type of message made up of text. Especially with today’s new phones which are used almost like computers, people now compose emails or Facebook posts via text, and embarrassing mistakes are longer limited to just SMS.
Honestly, as this problem becomes more and more widespread, the use of apps that offer free video messaging could skyrocket because it’s much more difficult to grossly misinterpret someone talking! Below, I gathered 9 of the most embarrassing text messages I could find to show you how big this problem really can be:
1. Texting the Wrong Person
This conversation that was submitted to Gawker is a classic example of what can go wrong even if all your words come out the way you intended. Essentially, do yourself a favor and check who you’re talking to before pressing send! Even if you didn’t have a shot with this girl, she probably has friends who won’ even look at you after this debacle.
2. Telling Your Best Friend She Looks Like a Farm Animal
This one, and many of the rest come from the kingpins of the embarrassing text message world at DamnYouAutocorrect.com. We all know that the built-in dictionaries on our phones don’t have many of the words we use while texting. This can cause problems because their suggestions can drastically distort what the sender meant to say. Drastically, as in the exact opposite of what Ashley meant to say above!
3. Misunderstanding Word With Dual Meanings
This one comes from our buddies over at SmartphOWNED.com. As you can see, Coke can mean one of two things in this context. I’m not sure why the Dad was so cool with the situation when he thought Darla was referring to Cocaine, but that’s for him to decide. Not freaking out his daughter is what’s important! Still, if I was the daughter, I would’ve taken the $60 and pretended to be doing drugs if he honestly didn’t care…
4. Accidentally Wishing Someone’s Grandmother Dead
This one is an odd combination of hilarious and sad at the same time. The sender blames it on auto-correct, but this was just a good, old-fashioned typo. How do I know? Because auto-correct is only supposed to correct things that aren’t words. “Does” is a word, but the “i” is right next to the “o” on the keyboard, so it is really easy to accidentally press “o”. The lesson, as always: review carefully before sending!
5. Talk About Llamas and HIV Instead of Saying “Hi”
Finally, a true victim of the dreaded auto-correct. Granted, there must’ve been a typo as well that lead it to think that “Hook llamas” was what the writer was after, but damn is this funny! What did I learn from this? Auto-correct is sensitive to capital letters, so I should never try to say hello to someone too excitedly! :-)
6. Letting Baguettes Kill the Mood
On one hand, this one was fairly innocent, but I’d be too busy laughing to get back in the mood for a while. On second thought, maybe the guy has a thing for baked goods. If so, he caught himself a cooperative one! :-)
That’s all I got for now. Let me know if you saw any other particularly funny (but not too inappropriate) texting mishaps. And for god’s sake, if you’re a repeat offender, investigate free video messaging platforms!