One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she stopped, finally aware of the terrible blunder she had made’
mistake, error, gaffe, fault, slip, oversight, inaccuracy, botch
informal slip-up, clanger, boob, boo-boo, howler, foul-up, fail
North American informal blooper
British dated, informal bloomer
vulgar slang fuck-up
1‘the government admitted that it had blundered in its handling of the affair’
make a mistake, be mistaken, err, be in error, misjudge, miscalculate, bungle, trip up, be wrong, get something wrong, be wide of the mark
informal slip up, screw up, blow it, foul up, goof, boob, put one's foot in it, make a boo-boo, drop a brick
vulgar slang fuck up, bugger up
2‘I heard her blundering about the flat’
stumble, lurch, stagger, falter, flounder, muddle, struggle, fumble, grope
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