A woman misunderstood the meaning of the word ‘bibliophile’, she chose to take a Bible with her on a date and recited Bible verses, which garnered much appreciation from the internet.
The now viral Reddit post, titled “TIFU by not knowing the meaning of bibliophile,” has been upvoted 16,000 times since it was shared on March 27 with the “Today IF***ed Up” subreddit. A bibliophile is a person who loves or collects books, according to Merriam Webster†
According to Statista, a 2021 survey found that 83 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 in the United States had read a book in some form in the past year. This was slightly lower for people between the ages of 30 and 49: 77 percent. 68 percent of the over-65s read a book in the past year.
Redditor @stop177013 recounted events and revealed she met a woman who told her she was a bibliophile. The original poster (OP) added: “And I think, ‘Great, all those years of Bible study can now be put to use.'”
On their second date, the OP decided to bring a bible, waiting for the opportune moment to take it out. She revealed: “So then she leans in for a kiss, and then I recite god**n Peter 4:8.”
Peter 4:8 reads in the New International Version: “Love one another especially deeply, for love covers a multitude of sins.”
“She laughs really hard, and to my surprise, she continues, so I’m like, ‘Omg great, she likes this.’ Then I begin to recite Samuel 12:24.”
†[S]oh go ‘fear only the Lord and serve him faithfully.. oh I can’t remember a second”, whereupon she says she pulls out the Bible and begins to frantically leaf through her date ‘laughing her head off at this point. †
When the Redditor looked at her in confusion, her date told her that bibliophile didn’t mean what she thought it did.
“I blush so hard, and she’s like she’s dying of laughter,” the OP said. “Well, she thought it was cute that I was trying to amuse her and asked when she could see me again.”
In an update, the OP revealed that she thought something like this would be “amusing and she’d like me to know” about her interests. She also admitted that they were “a little drunk on both dates”.
Over 600 comments poured in via the viral post and people seemed to appreciate the situation shared by the OP. Many thought things could have been worse for her, and one Redditor pointed that out while also saying, “She could have said she’s a bookworm and you brought some worms on your date.”
Numerous Redditors had funny statements about the error. “Hey baby girl. Come here. Let me whisper Corinthians in your ear,” one Redditor joked.
Other people had comments like “Task failed” and “A healthy TIFU? It’s been a while.”
Some had recommendations for the future of the OP. “Google. It’s a search engine, by the way,” suggested one Redditor. “It will save you next time Lol.”
Many can also sympathize with the OP and what she has been through. “If it makes you feel better, I had to look up the definition because, like you, I thought it had to do with the Bible,” admitted a Redditor.
One Reddit user was “glad” that the story had a “happy ending” for those involved. “I’m generally afraid to read things in the TIFU sub. But a few garbled words aside, this was a pretty cute story,” she added.
Another person admitted that they “love” the post. “I just imagine you frantically quoting the bible over dinner and can’t understand why she’s laughing Hahaha,” they said.
Some revealed their honest reactions after reading. “Lmao, I laughed more than I should have at this one,” wrote one Redditor. “Happy for you, OP.”
news week reached out to Redditor @stop177013 for comment.