26 October 2009

Tongue Tying Charm : feeling stupid

Tongue TiedHave you ever had a strange feeling/experience of stumbling-bumbling while speaking with some people? Something like your tongue is tied? or your brain is turned off? Making mistakes with something you know very well?

When I was in Microsoft, I experienced it. Whenever I spoke with Neo (only with him), I made mistakes, even with simple/silly things. I don't know why, but it just happened.

Then I experienced the same a few months ago. Can you believe that I got 'mutually exclusive' and 'independent' events in probability theory mixed up? I also made stupid remarks concerning regular expressions. (picture)

Don't use this!In fact, regular expressions, probability theory etc. are MY topics and I KNOW them well. Still…

Being with this person sometimes froze the technical part of my brain.

And finally, now something strange is happening - which tops all these. I met a person about a month ago, and I make so many mistakes (English) when I talk to this X. Silly, sillier, silliest kind of mistakes. Yet again, it riddles me.

Yesterday, I had to travel with X; and during the 20+20 minutes, I was being corrected.  Not so surprisingly, X enjoys my company very well. :( [Who doesn't like to pull someone's leg :) … What went around came around :P ]

Some common friends remarked: finally there is someone who could make Sandeep silent. What a pity! :(

Do these people know some tongue tying charm? Or brain confusing charm? Well, if that be the case, I need to learn some defence against dark arts.

After meeting X, I have become an ardent fan of Mark Twain, because Mr. Twain had said - "It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and remove all the doubt".

Why don't you share your experiences? Or are you a fan of Mr. Twain? :)

Signing off,

PS: I know that Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid. But that theory is applicable in only one of the aforementioned cases.


Insider Joke for Tamil people: I got a Bulb while correcting X.


Anonymous said...

Mixing up 'mutally exclusive' and 'independent' events is something which happened to me too...

But when it happens to me, it is not with people but with time... Certain days are "stupid" days and I come up with all kinds of idiotic theories...

And the attractive women theory should be correct with my case too... :P

Anyways, when you find out the defense, share it with us.. :)


Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...


yeah... certain day thing happens to all of us.. doesn't it?

"every dog has a day" theory.

well, i must know hundreds of people And these very few people in the entry -- something unusual in my interaction [with them].

Anonymous said...

The first thing that came into my mind after reading about Neo, is that, maybe you are in love with Neo. :)

BTW, is Neo a girl? ;) If she is, she might be the 'One' you know. :P

And "Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid", I do agree with that (Ever tried proposing to a girl?)

Anyway, nice post.


Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...


Neo is not a girl.

Yes, I have proposed and I know it is hard. :)

Thanks for the comment - especially for the last line of the comment. Anonymous comments always make me curious. :)

Bindhu Unny said...

Have never experienced this. Maybe there's some kind of black magic. After years of trying, recently finished Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. :)

Smita said...


Been there done that!!


Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

@Bindhu :-)

Don't tell me about having finished some book... The past three weeks I haven't been able to touch any book.

@Smita :-)

You must pay royalty for using that phrase which you took from the title of my previous post. ;)

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