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/ If one put liquid into his mouth without saying a Brocho and realizes that he did not say the brocho while the liquid is in his mouth: If he had more of the same liquid then he should spit out the liquid and say a Brocho and take more of the same liquid. If he does not have any more of that liquid, he should swallow it and then say the Brocho Rishono. He does not say in this situation a Brocho Achrono even if he had a reviis of that liquid. The only exception is wine, for which he would say both a Brocho Rishono and Achrono after he swallowed it.

Whenever one has fulfilled his obligation with a different brocho, such as saying a shehakol on cake in error (as discussed yesterday) he is not permitted to say the correct brocho even if he wishes to since it would be considered a brocho in vain.

One is not permitted to talk after saying the brocho, before eating the food. If one did talk and it did not pertain to matters of the meal, he would be required to say the brocho over again. If however it was matters that pertained to the meal, such as "where is the salt?" he would not say over the brocho.

One should be aware that the Shehakol brocho is not a "one size fits all" brocho. Each food requires its proper brocho. If one is unsure of the proper brocho, he must inquire as to the correct brocho. Ignorance is not an allowance to say Shehakol on any other food other than those that require shehakol. The exception to this is if the rabbis themselves were not able to reach a conclusive decision, or one is in a situation where it is impossible for him to find out the correct brocho. Otherwise, when in doubt do without.
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