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    #1

    a cropper ?

    This is going to be difficult, ok i 'wll try. There is a beautiful polish word that we use to describe embarassing situation, especially when we fall short of expectations, for example:

    My father asked him at dinner if he liked Obama and he didn't know who Obama was - Really? O f.... that's a shame - in Poland "what an obciach"


    or I came up the last and they put the results on board and everyone could see it - what an obciach !

    Also Do you remember when we wore mullet hairstyle in the 80 ties? Yeah, that was an obciach

    Also the last gaffe of Americans with reset button that didn't mean reset in Russian w "obciach"


    Well can I say in all these situations "That's a cropper"?


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    #2

    Re: a cropper ?

    a 'blooper' is an error made in public.

    a 'clanger' is a mistake, usually in the form of something said, and is referred to as 'dropping a clanger'.

    However, we have the French to thank for 'faux pas', which is widely used.

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    #3

    Re: a cropper ?

    Yeah we also use this in Poland but here it is rather highbrow expression of middle classes and it suggest some distance to what happened, more like "Oh, that was rather faux pas I must admit" than "o fuck, that sucked". Maybe the last is the expression I have been looking for?

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    #4

    Re: a cropper ?

    Only if you want to be seen as extremely vulgar!

    Things "suck" for a number of reason. Being known for a bad hairstyle 20 years ago is embarrassing. It doesn't "suck" unless your mother uses it as the picture on her Chase Mastercard.

    How embarrassing! (That's the best I can come up with.)

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