might not be so terrible.
At least you would not be saying 'the wrong thing'
all your life, or suffering from
l'esprit de l'escalier or afterwit:
not thinking of the right rejoinder or appropriate response
until (sometimes much) later.
According to A.K. Benjamin (in Let me not be mad, 2019)
“at least 80% of human communication is in non-verbal behaviour,
Morrow et al. 2919."