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Things you see in films but never in real life 
21st-Aug-2011 03:26 pm
bloody horrible early testcard
Managed to get sucked into watching the film "Starter for Ten" last night. It was a poor representation of my own university life, given that I went to an ex-polytechnic on the South Coast which had precious few over-achievers in any of its many campuses.

However, one scene did beg the question for me: Has anyone you know ever kissed or had sex with somebody and used the wrong name during the momentous occasion (in the case of sex) or afterwards (in the case of the kiss)? This seems to be something of a romantic drama staple - the foolish lover who makes the mistake of uttering the name of his or her ex right at a moment which could be a positive turning point for them. In real life, however, I have to say it's nothing I've done myself, and I've never had any of my friends confess to it. Nobody has ever said: "Oh Dave - you'd never believe what I bloody did last night. I was with Alison, you know, and I really like her, she's fantastic - but after kissing her, I used my ex-girlfriend's name".

It strikes me that you'd either have to be incredibly drunk or extremely distracted, almost to the point of stalkerish obsession, to ever do this. I'd be happy to take corrections, though.

I suppose one alternative version of this is a friend of mine who met a man who wanted to instigate an affair with her, because according to him: "You look exactly like my girlfriend". Now that's truly weird.
21st-Aug-2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
I have never done this, but I do know someone who did and it caused massive drama within the doomed relationship. He'd had a long-standing crush on one of his best friends and was dating a friend of hers. He called that friend by the name of his best friend during sex, so the story goes. I also didn't think it happened in real life...
21st-Aug-2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
I stand corrected! How bizarre. And how appallingly rude.

Another anecdote - my mother used to work on reception for a media company in the sixties, and crap fifties cornball singer David Whitfield could never remember her name whenever he came in. He justified this with the line: "But at least that means I shall never say it when I'm in bed with my wife". She didn't find this charming in the slightest.
24th-Aug-2011 01:05 am (UTC)
That is... awful. And hilarious.

I felt bad for the guy as his girlfriend blew it entirely out of proportion,but she was a bit of a lame ass anyway. I prefer to just not use names in bed; saves confusion :P
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