HAVE you ever mistakenly said something you instantly regretted?
British prime minister Gordon Brown made this very error last week during Prime Minster’s Questions, a weekly session where members of Parliament can question the prime minister.
Responding to a question about the economy, Brown began a sentence, “We not only saved the world,” when meaning to say, “We not only saved the banks.”
This slip of the tongue was greeted with uproarious laughter from Brown’s political opponents, and even from some of his supporters.
Many claim that it was a Freudian slip, and that the PM really believes that he saved the world during the financial crisis.
But Gordon Brown is not the first person to make such a mistake.
The husband of the Queen of England is notorious for his gaffes while on state visits to other countries.
He is often ridiculed in the UK for his embarrassing comments he makes when talking to people.
He once told the President of Nigeria, who was dressed in traditional clothes, “You look like you’re ready for bed.”
In October, Angelina Jolie let slip that she first got together with her husband Brad Pitt in 2004.
It seemed like a fairly innocuous revelation until people pointed out that Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston at the time.
Afterwards, Jolie tried to blame jetlag on the confession, saying that fatigue had made her say things she hadn’t meant.
Former England and Newcastle football manager Kevin Keegan was renowned for his amusing slips of the tongue during post-match interviews.
He was once quoted as saying, “You can’t do better than go away from home and get a draw,” forgetting about the possibility of a win.
While commentating on a Real Madrid game in which the Spaniards lost, he said, “There’ll be no siestas in Madrid tonight,” even though a siesta is taken in the afternoon.
During the build-up to the US election, Barack Obama faced allegations that he was a Muslim.
Although the claim was completely false, some political opponents wanted to link the President-elect with a religious group that is not trusted by many Americans.
In an interview on the ABC network, Obama referred to “my Muslim faith” by mistake.
He quickly corrected himself by saying that he meant, “my Christian faith”.
George W. Bush
George W. Bush is so famous for his slips of the tongue that a term was created to describe them – Bushisms.
Website Slate.com 定期更新他的语录。
Website Slate.com keeps a regularly updated archive of quotes.
In 2004, he mistakenly suggested that he was out to harm his own country: “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.
They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”