gaffe gaffe  /ˈɡæf/


  • (n) a socially awkward or tactless act



  1. They also enjoy the power of the gaffe to generate stories.
  2. In Michael Kinsley's famous formulation, a gaffe is what happens when a politician says what he actually thinks is true.


  1. Watch: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Mistakenly Refers to Libya Embassy Attack as Lebanon

    Perry's latest flub during Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, remarked earlier about past gaffe        
    on June 16, 2013     Source: ABC News

  2. HuffPo’s Self-Delusion On Display With Celebration Of Pelosi’s Horrid Answer To Reporter

    As episodes of embarrassing self-deception go, The Huffington Post outdid itself on Thursday when they celebrated what would be considered a gaffe had it been said by anyone with an “R” after their name.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Mediaite

  3. Papa John’s Mixes Up Stanley Cup Finalists, Asks If Bruins or Penguins Will Win Game 1

    The folks over at Papa John’s seem to be stuck in a time warp. In a classic social media gaffe, the official Papa John’s Twitter account made an attempt at fan interaction Wednesday night ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, when they asked fans to pick a side in the matchup. There […]
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New England Sports Network


  1. "Let's not forget, we had 11 people die, and we have an environmental disaster unfolding and an economic disaster unfolding. Let's not be distracted by saying, you know, Joe Barton made this gaffe or this inappropriate comment. Let's focus on what...
    on Jun 20, 2010 By: Lisa Murkowski Source: FOXNews

  2. "Yes, we know what's coming. I'm not naive," Obama said in the North Carolina speech. "We've already seen it . . . pouncing on every gaffe and association and fake controversy, in the hopes that the media will play along."
    on May 10, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

  3. "That's not a political gaffe, those were prepared remarks. That is a philosophy," Emanuel said on ABC's This Week. "That is an approach to what they see. They see the aggrieved party here is BP, not the fishermen."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Rahm Emanuel Source: ABC News (blog)

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