One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A minor mistake in writing (or speech).
- ‘In the context of the interview, this statement can only be considered a slip of the tongue.’
- ‘When people are prevented from saying what they really think, the only way to tell what they think is to second-guess their views from insinuation, rumour or slips of the tongue.’
- ‘‘It was a slip of the tongue,’ the Prime Minister's official spokesman said of the comment.’
- ‘In an effort to save myself the embarrassment of seeing other people embarrassed, I at first went around shrugging off the whole thing as simply a slip of the tongue.’
- ‘A slip of the tongue, or some random twitch in an otherwise foolproof plan, blows his cover.’
- ‘Those minor slips of the tongue are quite embarrassing.’
- ‘But was his use of the present tense - ‘I have this heart thing which we dealt with in 24 hours’ - a slip of the tongue or inadvertent admission of a continuing problem?’
- ‘Minor slips of the tongue merely reminded me of the live nature of the performance.’
- ‘I think it's to the credit of both papers that they acknowledge their fallibility, but the errors in question are rather more than slips of the pen.’
- ‘But the old broadcaster's instinct had taken over: don't draw attention to a slip of the tongue by going back to correct it.’
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