slip of the tongue slip of the tongue

Definition(s):

  • (n) an accidental and usually trivial mistake in speaking

Usage(s):

  1. Introducing his newly-minted running mate, Barack Obama had a slip of the tongue.
  2. With a slip of the tongue, he passed judgment on a man on trial for his life in California: Charles Manson, accused of masterminding the gruesome 1969 Sharon Tate murders.
  3. I guess it occured to most non-wingnuts that Obama probably meant to say 'Austria' and accidentally had a minor slip of the tongue and added a final 'n' sound.

News

  1. Shaw’s triple-overtime goal gives Blackhawks Stanley Cup opener

    Exhausted and exhilarated after scoring the biggest goal he might ever score, a half-stunned Andrew Shaw meandered through a postgame interview on national television, casually slipping in an F-bomb. “Slip of the tongue,” Shaw said later. “I was exhausted. I couldn’t think at all. Could barely breathe. I think I made up a word in there, too.” No worries. It was after midnight, anyway. Shaw ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  2. Kelly gives nod to Rees as Irish's starting QB

    Coach tells reporters senior will not have to fight for job in aftermath of Golson suspension Tommy Rees indeed will be Notre Dame's starting quarterback this fall. This declaration is not a slip of the tongue at an awards dinner, but rather a product of Brian Kelly saying he took time to digest what actually would happen with Everett Golson gone.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: 22 WSBT South Bend

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