Have You Ever Done a Real Spit Take?

In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, a “spit take” is when someone responds to something humorous or shocking by literally spitting out the liquid in their mouth. I would say it’s most often seen in sketches where comedians are playing around with the idea of spit takes, and it occasionally happens in movies and TV shows.

And, rarely, in real life.

Today I was having lunch at a restaurant with a friend, and I leaned my head back a little too far while taking a sip of my drink. I realized it was happening a millisecond too late–my body basically said NO.

Every drop of liquid in my mouth instantly sprayedΒ everywhere.

It wasn’t a cough. It wasn’t like me spitting out some liquid. It wasn’t a spray or stream. Rather, it was a cloud of tiny juice particles that covered my shirt, food, and table.

I was incredibly embarrassed, fortunately my friend was good natured about it. Amazingly, no one else in the crowded restaurant seemed to notice.

After we cleaned up the table, we had a really good laugh. I’m still laughing about how absurd and extreme it was. It really was the pinnacle of a spit take. I didn’t know my body could do that.

My only regret is that it wasn’t actually a reaction to something my friend said. Even then, I’m not sure it would have been as comical–I’ve laughed with liquid in my mouth before, and it didn’t come close to comparing to this.

Have you ever done a real spit take?