A question that some people ask in their heads, or sometimes frighteningly, out loud. It is typically used in either of two contexts: trying to figure out why one is being rejected, or trying to figure out what possessed one to do an incredibly stupid thing. Sometimes it's both. Here are some typical sentences that precede "what is wrong with me?"

  • How come nobody wants to go out with me?
  • What the hell was I thinking when I decided to go out with her/him/it/them?
  • I just don't fit in here at this Goth rave in a cemetery.
  • Why did I think it would be a great idea to stick my tongue in the light bulb socket?
  • Why do I enjoy watersports?

It is used by people who lack confidence. Or alternatively, who lack arrogance. Terry Pratchett's quote helps explain this: That seems to point up a significant difference between Europeans and Americans. A European says: "I can't understand this, what's wrong with me?" An American says: "I can't understand this, what's wrong with him?"

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