One thing I remembered from my years of undergrad was a professor citing Wittgenstein on a first day of German class. "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent" was the quote I've memorized to this day, and I think it comes in super handy whenever you have the undying itch to speak about something you have zero knowledge about.
And not to be all "now more than ever," but yea. Now, more than ever, it's kind of crucial to keep those German words in mind, so you don't end up making a complete fool out of yourself online or IRL for saying something patently and blatantly wrong. If you want to see what happens when people do the absolute opposite of following that wisdom, the subreddit r/dontyouknowwhoiam is a treasure trove.
Below, some of the best, most savage and hilarious burns for people who didn't figure out who they were talking to until it was much too late.
1. You're pretty good at swimming...
At least this stranger was offering a compliment 😂And it's worth even more because I hear swimmers in England aren't into cross-lane small talk.