One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I made some real gaffes at work’
blunder, mistake, error, slip
indiscretion, impropriety, breach of etiquette, miscalculation, gaucherie, solecism
lapsus linguae, lapsus calami
informal slip-up, howler, boo-boo, boner, botch, fluff, fail
British informal boob, bloomer, clanger
North American informal blooper, bloop, goof
British dated, informal floater
vulgar slang fuck-up
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