Embarrassing Humor

Pre-pandemic, I was part of the Connection Team at my church, for which I greeted people at the door or stood at the welcome center. It was an enjoyable part of my Sunday morning as it allowed me to meet new people or chit-chat with a few of the regulars. Once the pandemic hit, this duty went away and I have been attending church on-line ever since.

About two months ago, I was given the opportunity to be an online “host,” which meant I could interact with other hosts and church members before, during and after service. I have a special logon that allows me to interact with the other hosts separately from the public chat. There’s more to this, but I won’t bore you with details.


During Sunday’s sermon, a few people commented on how they chide themselves for making bad decisions or saying stupid things. We all do that, right?

So I commented: “A pastor from another church once said ‘we are all messy people” and it stuck with me. Not to make us feel bad, but so that we are not so *** ourselves.”

I noted the *** and immediately thought that I had fat-fingered the keyboard.

So, I typed again: “not so *** ourselves.”


Then I wrote “I guess I’ve been censored. I meant to say so we don’t beat ourselves up.”

In the host-only section of online church, the youth pastor asked what I was trying to say.

Well, by this time, I had figured out what the church program had censored and was somewhat horrified. I responded, “I can’t. It was innocent, but now it’s embarrassing.”

Totally embarrassing. The other hosts had figured it out and assured me there was nothing to worry about, that the program picks up on certain words or a combination of words and will censor them. With relief, the other hosts had a good sense of humor and instead of beating me up, they gave welcomed responses.

“I think it’s really funny.”

“LOL, it’s okay.”

“Sooo funny. I am giggling over here because I’m super mature.”

One of the male hosts responded, “You’re still more mature than me…just saying.”

Yeah, we are all mature with our 10-year-old boy sense of humor.

So, no reason to be embarrassed.

And there is absolutely no reason here to be hard on myself.

21 responses to Embarrassing Humor

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Hahaha. It’s good to have something to giggle at this morning. Thanks for sharing this, Mary.

    I like the idea of an online greeter. Stepping into an online service could be daunting for a lot of people.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Glad to share a Monday morning laugh, Dan. My faux pas is your entertainment.

      I found jumping into the role of online greeter and host was pretty smooth, probably because of the in-person experience and the years of being entrenched in social media and interacting with other bloggers.

      Have an awesome Monday!

  2. Technology is not always a beautiful thing between our own fingers and the help we get from various sites. I did a post for a volunteer blog I manage and meant to say ‘crab’ apple. Somehow, when the email notice came through it was ‘crap apple.’ I could fix the post and the FB notice but not so much for the original email. I heard about that too. πŸ™‚

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Oh boy, Judy. I hate not being able to retrieve emails when they are missent or, in your case, with a misspelled word. Good thing you weren’t trying to spell “shut” or some other word that could turn nefarious. I’ve had some laughs over the years with the cell phone and auto correct, but thankfully they were always with friends and not a boss or a pastor. πŸ™‚

      Happy Monday!

  3. Ally Bean says:

    I like the meaning of the message you were trying to send and that in the end you could apply it to yourself! What a funny thing to have happen. *tee-hee*

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thankfully, my co-hosts gave me no reason to beat myself up after the initial moments of embarrassment. I’m glad they all have a healthy sense of humor. πŸ™‚

  4. murisopsis says:

    It took me a minute to figure out (I’ve been accused of being a tad naΓ―ve), It is funny! Glad that they all took it in stride. I’m going to share this with my husband – the IT guy because he gets a kick out of those kind of computer glitches!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I didn’t get it at first either, but I certainly wasn’t expecting to be censored. I hope your hubby enjoys!

  5. catladymac says:

    I taught junior high for a number of years and am not above cussing, but I cannot decode what three letter word was so dire as to be censored.. even in a church setting. If that makes you feel any better…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It wasn’t a three letter word. It was two words that are spelled out in the last line of the post…second and third to last words.

  6. catladymac says:

    Well, I can think of a censorable word of three letters but it doesn’t make sense in the statement you made. Were you talking about Baalam or Jesus entering Jerusalem. ??

  7. catladymac says:

    Got it. My goodness that IS a sensitive censoring app !

  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    Like others, I had to read this more than once before I understand what was happening. I think the surprise of being censured is the worst part of this πŸ˜†

  9. joey says:

    HAHA! Oh my! Go Mary! I love that you’re out there genuinely spilling kindness all over everyone and the censor is like, MAKE HER NAUGHTY! lol
    Good post!

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