In situations when someone has said something that he/she didn't realize was inappropriate, embarrassing, tactless, what word should I use to describe it?

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    Do you mean they do not realize it is bad before they say it? Or do you mean that even after they say it, they still do not realize it is bad until you explicitly tell them?
    – MJ713
    Feb 27 '20 at 4:17
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    @MJ713 Like when someone has realized what he/she has just said when they've said it Feb 27 '20 at 4:20

To put your foot in it / to put your foot in your mouth is to accidentally say something that is embarrassing or that upsets or annoys someone:

Jack really put his foot in it by telling Alice about the surprise party.

I really put my foot in my mouth – I asked her if Jane was her mother, but she said Jane is her sister.

  • For the askers interest, "put your foot in it" is the older expression. Its etymology probably relates to accidentally standing in dung or a muddy puddle or something, the idea behind the metaphor that stepping in dung is an embassing act. Feb 27 '20 at 5:44

You can say they've committed a gaffe or a faux pas (from French).

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