an expression used when you try to clearly explain something in a manner and bring your confidence up when actually you're feeling down.
ehem , i didn't mean to hurt you. :) ehem, it's for you.
At the Mommy & Me store the other day:
Me: Can I check these out here? (place baby clothes on counter)
Clerk: (size 0 teenage girl wearing leg warmers) Sure. So how many weeks along are you?
Me: Ehem. I already had my son 2 months ago.
Clerk: (embarressed & starts to ramble) Oh sorry...you know my sister she was pregnant and became really swollen. The swelling of the belly takes a long time to go down... (goes on and on about swelling)