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 sprayedย 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?

6 Responses to “Have You Ever Done a Real Spit Take?”

  1. Erin H. says:

    Lolz, no! But I have been on the receiving side of a coffee spit take. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hmmm…Spit Take. I am now brainstorming rules for a new party game.

  2. dmvp says:

    I’ve definitely accidentally done it with a sneeze, but that probably doesn’t count. I know I’ve almost lost all of the beverage out of my mouth when someone said something funny, but I caught “most” in my hand…meaning I didn’t let it spray everywhere. I would think that’s the most likely outcome unless your hands are occupied.

  3. Joseph E. Pilkus III says:

    I’ve never done one, but I’m the instigator for dozens of them over my lifetime…

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