Oops — you’ve made a Freudian slip. What’s the technical term for a slip of the tongue?

It’s one thing to make a typo on your resume, but we know of a worse kind of mistake: calling your boy or girlfriend the name of a previous paramour. Or perhaps you’re talking to your boss and out of your mouth pops an obscene word that rhymes with what you meant to say.

These slips, of tongue, the keyboard, or the pen, are generally termed “Freudian,” but are also known as parapraxis. The specific types of harebrained errors have their own fancy names as well. First, Dr. Sigmund Freud deserves a moment.

Among his achievements, Freud introduced a wealth of ways to think and talk about meaning and language. You know it as the Freudian slip, but the founder of psychoanalysis called it Fehlleistungen, German for “faulty actions.” His theory of the slip, in simple terms, was that your unconscious thoughts and desires override your conscious intention and bam! you say something you’ll probably regret.

Parapraxis is derived from two Greek roots, para, “aside,” and “praxis, “a transaction.” Psychology introduced this term, maybe because it’s easier to say than Fehlleistungen. Its exact definition is “a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.”

(There’s also a funny name for when you switch the letters of two words, like “Weorge Gashington.” Learn what it’s called, here.)

You can also thank whoever came up with the following sharp names for various types of parapraxia. Generally, an example of one is called a lapsus. A slip of the tongue is lapsus linguae, literally Latin for “slip of the tongue.” A lapsus calami is “a slip of the pen.”

Next time you tell someone that a shirt makes them look fat when you intend to say slim, maybe you should try using the excuse that you are “guilty of parapraxia.” Just be sure that you don’t slip up.

We’re collecting examples of classic parapraxis. What’s your most embarrassing incident? Let us know.

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  1. Caroline -  March 19, 2016 - 6:20 pm

    I know i am suffering from this parapaxia… specially when my body defense is weaker like when im sick. Drowsy. Tired or weak i dont have the ability to control my self and i am used to it though i beleive in recovery.

  2. Cryssie -  September 9, 2015 - 12:30 pm

    One time in a meeting I said “pubes” instead of “pews”….I work at a Church. I just acted like it didn’t come out of my mouth and I’m not sure if anybody else caught it but I was MORTIFIED!!!!

  3. Cathy -  November 29, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    Thaks for sharing your thoughts on freud. Regards

  4. victoria -  October 12, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    I am unsure of whether this incident counts as a Freudian slip.
    I was reading something and i misread the word ‘marriage’ for the word ‘miscarriage’
    I was pregnant at the time.

    Is it?

  5. Eddie -  November 2, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    While introducing the President of our speaking club (I was Vice-President) I meant to say, “Joe’s done a good job all year long,” but it came out “Joe’s done a good job all year wrong.”

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  7. Anonymous -  February 20, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    @Saint Luticriss: LOL Hilarious!

  8. ?????????? -  December 16, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    I’m not sure if this counts, but, once, I said “The mooms are blumming. Meant to say “The mums are blooming”

  9. Kate -  October 25, 2010 - 9:46 am

    We just learned about Freudian Slips in Psychology! :D These happen to me all the time..

  10. nobody -  October 21, 2010 - 6:03 pm


    It means you can get that new car…she’s getting a promotion.

  11. Confirmed -  October 21, 2010 - 9:10 am

    Tagging onto Stefanie’s post. A local college wanted to give recognition to one of its graduates in journalism/editing by giving her a plaque that was inscribed with “her outstanding contribution to pubic relations.”

  12. Prashanth -  October 20, 2010 - 10:05 pm

    When I was Grade % or something said to my Teacher “I would like to go face my wash” for wash my face of course.

    Very embarrassing it was…

  13. G -  October 20, 2010 - 7:31 pm

    I often almost make a slip. I’ll be talking kind of loud and I’ll almost say something obscene or sexual :p

  14. Stefanie -  October 20, 2010 - 4:18 pm

    “Pubic Relations” instead of “Public Relations” is one of my favorite typos in press releases.

  15. Sophomore goof-up -  September 20, 2010 - 4:05 pm

    Oh oh! I’ve got a good one!
    When I was a sophomore in high school, I was giving my part of a group speech for my communications class. It was a speech on Bigfoot. Anyone want to guess what I said? :D

    “In conclusion, big fart- I mean Bigfoot-”
    Oh my goodness, the whole class burst out laughing, including my teacher! Mr. C could barely stop laughing long enough just to say, “…big fart…!”

  16. Darren -  September 17, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    So if my g/f calls me her boss’s name during sex what does that mean?

  17. bonisha -  August 26, 2010 - 4:16 am

    dude joe,
    you aint frustated with the goofup..are you??

    raela??funny but parapraxis..ehh?

    with me,here this is.
    happened yesterday,
    a friend lost his specs..was looking really nice without.
    just goofed up specs with sex..saying,”hey nic ..you look nice without your ..sex”

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  19. Ravi -  August 21, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    I could never forget when I was to inquire from my teacher the schedule for his TAX (taxation) class, when I said Sir when is your class for sex … :\

  20. PattiLain -  August 20, 2010 - 5:31 am

    Ah! Also, I was in a meeting and one person meant to say “tinnitus”, but instead said “tittinitus”.

    And… not sure if this counts as parapraxis, but I was intending to send an SMS to my husband saying “I love you”, but was chatting to her on IM. So, I accidentally typed it to her. Odd, though, because a cell phone and computer are vastly different media…

  21. PattiLain -  August 20, 2010 - 5:16 am

    I have heard several people refer to the “anals of history”…

  22. Deb -  August 18, 2010 - 11:31 pm

    Just yesterday! Took my 9 year old Grandson to have his eyes checked. He was so hoping to not have to wear glasses and became flustered when told that he was far-sighted. His response was, “OH! I thought I was nearfarted.” I almost fell out of my chair laughing – - – bad Grandma!

  23. jules -  August 18, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    i switch my letters all the time! i have just given up trying to say new york out loud because it always come out as “you nork”–same with “chee-kain” (key-chain) –those are particularly slippery words for me. ive wondered when i start doing it often if i have a slight case of dyslexia or something because the same thing often happens in my writing. i usually just laugh at myself when it happens because my words end up sounding so silly. its good to know its a common thing. :)

  24. LittleMissLee -  August 18, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    One time when I was about 7 years old, I was proudly informing my dad about how I was learning to count to 10 in Latin. I accidentally said “Daddy, today we did sex!” instead of “six”. (Sex is the Latin word for six, so that is understandable.) But I was 7 and had just really found out what that meant and I was so embarrassed. lol

  25. Rae -  August 18, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    One time my mom was talking about Saber Tooth tigers and she got it mixed up and said “Sable-Tooth Tigers”. I thought that was so funny. Since Sable is a brown color.
    And then another time my mom was telling us a story about a man who supposedly cured himself from cancer by laughter (or something interesting like that, lol) and she said “And he laughed his way to health!!” but we thought she had said “hell” instead of “health”, and…we died laughing.

  26. LittleMissLee -  August 18, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Ugh, one time…when I was little…I was always so embarrassed about this, I must’ve been 7 years old…lol, well, I was telling my dad about my progress of learning to count to 10 in Latin, or something like that. And I was so proud and said, “Daddy, today we did sex!” instead of “six”. (Which, I think, in Latin, “sex” is for “six”…) Anyway, it was still pretty embarrassing, that’s when I had just discovered what it meant, too.

  27. Lisa -  August 18, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    A friend of mine regularly experiences slips of the tongue. We love to razz each other about everything, and this kind of banter extends to her workplace as well. A few years back, she described to me the very goofy mistake of one coworker and then said she “proceeded to give him a shassive mation of rit.” It rolled right off her tongue and she didn’t even realize she’d said it until I stopped laughing long enough to explain it to her.

    To this day, any and all references to razzing someone are now referred to as “giving them their mation.” And I occasionally send her photos of Rit dye just to give her a hard time. ;)

  28. rey -  August 18, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    I was on one of my many anti-management tirades while on my old job at NASA (one of the worst places to work in the world) and I sent an email about something stupid some idiot NASA manager had done. I did not realize but I referred to the clown as a “managerm.” I did not mean to do it but it seemed to have come out with all the venom I was using in the email.

    Some of my friends caught it and like it. It turned out to be a perfect description of the average NASA manager. Funny how the spell checker did not catch it.

  29. Drelln -  August 18, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    On a friend’s invitation, she included a small note that indicated where they were registered. Instead of writing “Bed, Bath & Beyond” (the store), she wrote “Bed, Bed & Beyond”. A major “d’oh!” moment.

  30. Linda -  August 18, 2010 - 1:08 pm

    Meant to type “open public spaces” in a report and instead typed “open pubic spaces”. A rather prudish member of our Board of Directors was not amused.

  31. torto -  August 18, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    I was rolling sheets of foam and taping them together to make tentacles for the school production (props), when a teacher asked me what I was doing. I then said, “I’m making testicles, sir.”

  32. Raela -  August 18, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    In Jr. High, my friend drew a picture and explained it to me as, “My version of a girl with curly hair.”
    A boy walking by said, “Oh, wow. You drew a virgin.”
    “No,” she defended, “She’s not-”
    “She’s NOT a virgin??”

    funnier to be there, but it was funny

  33. Victoria H. -  August 18, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    And what of /audio/ parapraxis?
    A few years back, when I was working at Starbucks, as I was handing a drink to a customer I asked him, “would you like a cup plug?” (You know, the little green plastic sticks that fit into the drinking hole on the lid?) He gave me a double-take and then came out with it. “What did you ask me?” he said. I repeated my question, and he laughed out loud. “Oh my god, I thought you asked me if I wanted a but-plug!”
    Oh, my. Typical South Beach…or unconscious desire?

  34. Bill -  August 18, 2010 - 11:34 am


    Nice. That’s funny. But also, after I posted I saw that it wasn’t Dante’s incident, but Les’s incident, that Dante commented on that That Guy then commented on, that I may or may not on some subconscious level think was indecent.

  35. Mrs. Malaprop -  August 18, 2010 - 11:22 am

    and there’s a science teacher here named Dorner but that sounds a a lot like the turkish/german word Dörner (like a kebab, sans the stick. kinda)So a friend attempted to say “I ate Dörner” but it came out “I ate Dorner”. it was sooo freaking funny. (male friend, female teacher)

  36. Moi -  August 18, 2010 - 11:18 am

    This site is way more funny than I ever thought possible.

  37. Mrs. Malaprop -  August 18, 2010 - 11:09 am

    (get the name? lol) When packing for a trip to Germany I asked a good friend what to bring and what the weather would be like. All he said was “Don’t bring pants”. and then let the statement hang there. (I later found out he meant bring shorts). and my father and I will speak in Spoonerisms at family dinners, that’s for some reason annoying…

  38. RadarMom -  August 18, 2010 - 10:26 am

    When I was in my early 20′s, I was helping my mother prepare Thanksgiving dinner and as we were in final preparations, setting the table and so forth, when we began throwing silly insults at each other in fun. At one point, I MEANT to call her, “Peanut breath!” Unfortunately, in front of the whole family – aunts, uncles, grandparents and all – the “t” in peanut converted to an “s” as it left my mouth. We were both mortified! I still cry about it at times and I’m pushing 50!

  39. Jessica -  August 18, 2010 - 9:44 am

    Oh and by the way, the sunday school teacher was the mom of the boy I liked!

  40. DMH -  August 18, 2010 - 9:40 am

    @ Bill

    ” it really has no relevance whatsoever as to whether or not Dante’s indecent was parapraxis”

    Indecent or incident? Maybe your Freudian slip is you think the incident was indecent?

  41. Sykus -  August 18, 2010 - 9:37 am

    I heard a great one on public radio a few years ago. It was a really, really hot day. The host was giving the news before the next show started. He talked about the weather and temperature, then he gave the news that someone had died (I don’t remember who, we’ll call him John Smith).

    “John Smith died this morning. He was 75…. degrees.”

    Lucky guy. The rest of us were roasting.

  42. Jessica -  August 18, 2010 - 9:34 am

    When I was about 13, and at the time, very much going through puberty and all messed up on teenage hormones, I was in a sunday school class with a boy I liked. I was reading a bible passage out loud and when I came to the word “gentiles”, I instead pronounced the word, “genitals”. Embarassing, but really funny!

  43. Lynn -  August 18, 2010 - 9:27 am

    My mother, who is now 82, still recalls her most embarrasing moment. Back in those days she was required to memorize a poem and recite it to the class. Being a very shy person, she was extremely nervous. The verse she was trying to say was “We sit in the shade and feel right well…” but she said “We s**t in the shade and feel right well” without realizing what she had done. The class went into hysterics. Fortunately the teacher let her be excused from finishing and someone told her later what she had done.

  44. RJ -  August 18, 2010 - 9:04 am

    I was writing down an order for a lunch gathering. A girl walked in I thought to myself that she had a pretty face. Later on, someone was attempting to call in the order and was confused. I had written “sweet face” instead of “sweet tea”.

  45. Jeevendra -  August 18, 2010 - 8:50 am

    Once I was talking with a lady friend of mine and another colleague was wearing a skirt with a very attention grabbing slit on the side. Instead of saying “That’s a very long slit”, I said “That’s a very long cl**”…

  46. doh -  August 18, 2010 - 8:49 am

    At a wedding rehersal dinner I once began a very awkward toast to “The best planned lays …. ” instead of “the best layed plans” Some gave death stares, some spewed their drinks.

  47. Bill -  August 18, 2010 - 8:42 am

    @That Guy

    While “slut” is a portmanteau of “slob” and “nut”, it really has no relevance whatsoever as to whether or not Dante’s indecent was parapraxis. What is relevant is whether or not he, on some subconscious level, did think that the recipient of his comments was in fact a slut, because a Freudian Slip must “reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes”. Otherwise, it would just be a regular old slip of the tongue with no nod to Freud whatsoever, as are the vast majority of these posts. Really, what I’m trying to say is, that you could have just said, “Ooh! Ooh! I know what ‘portmanteau’ means!” instead of trying to assert some sort of non-existent relevance to essentially the same sentiment.

  48. T -  August 18, 2010 - 8:42 am

    Once I meant to send a message to my boyfriend but sent it to my dad instead, is there a term from that? Oh yeah and my dad made us break up

  49. Silly Girl -  August 18, 2010 - 8:29 am

    The biggest, most rememorable one that I ever did was with my previous boss. Mr. Axxxxmann.

    When he walked by instead of saying Hi Mr. A……. I said, “Hi, Mr. African”.

    Now most of you are jumping to your reasons as to why, let me tell you. He was very,very,very New Yorker and old school and somewhat of a racist. I believe because I (even as white as I am), never have had a problem with any other brother or sister on this earth, because of skin color.

    So, as it goes, even though I thought my butt was toast, he just sauntered right by and myself and all the other workers could not hold back and only chuckled and remembered how quite humerous it all was.

  50. hello? -  August 18, 2010 - 8:09 am

    knock, knock, are you there? A slip of pen, you are so sure of yourself.

  51. know1special -  August 18, 2010 - 7:53 am

    I once said to a co-worker, discussing a flower bush recently added to the decor outside:
    CO-worker: What kind of flower bushes are those?
    Me: Those are aerola bushes.

    He never missed a beat, just insisted they were something else. In fact, they were oleander bushes!
    Another co-worker that was privy to the conversation still heckles me about that instance and loves to pass the story along to others.

  52. Kimster -  August 18, 2010 - 7:36 am

    Upon further reflection, it may have been, “…..a rit of felous jage.”

  53. flosswithshoelaces -  August 18, 2010 - 7:27 am

    I was really upset and was trying to say “It’s not true! It’s a lie!” Unfortunately, what came out of my mouth was “It’s not a lie!”

  54. Froyd -  August 18, 2010 - 7:15 am

    Profane, the article DID mention spoonerisms as follows:

    (There’s also a funny name for when you switch the letters of two words, like “Weorge Gashington.” Learn what it’s called, here.)


  55. pogopapa -  August 18, 2010 - 7:09 am

    I’m a male who worked at a frame shop where we were expected to answer the phone, “Frame Peddler, may I help you?” Once I answered, “Frame Peddler, may I hold you?” The female caller laughed so hard she couldn’t answer.

  56. Rohan Wright -  August 18, 2010 - 7:05 am

    Unless i go slow and give it thought…I cannot say SPRAY PAINT…it always comes out as SPAY PRAINT…

  57. k.r.surendran -  August 18, 2010 - 7:03 am

    What does it mean if I omit a negative while writing a blog on a very controversial topic? The result was I found myself on the wrong side of the result, which I shall strive to correct. Will Sigmond read too much into my political philosophy?

  58. louis -  August 18, 2010 - 6:53 am

    I said “knee ya sex time!” and my parting guests were confused.

  59. oops -  August 18, 2010 - 6:50 am

    In an argument with my boyfriend, he asks why do i continue to communicate with my ex. I intended on saying, “Because he is cool, he is my boy.” But instead I said, “Because I love him”.

  60. Elizabeth -  August 18, 2010 - 6:46 am

    I have a dear friend who was trying to tell me what a greaat day she was having. In her conversation she took a deep breath and said “Wow, what a relief, I feel like a hundred bucks”. I looked at her and said, “Don’t you mean a million?” Whoops…Discount!

  61. Janmary -  August 18, 2010 - 6:46 am

    this used to happen to me all the time.

  62. Kimster -  August 18, 2010 - 6:36 am

    I love all this word stuff. I can’t think of Spoonerisms without thinking of, “You killed her in a fit of relous jage”. Anyone remember who said that??

  63. crystal clear -  August 18, 2010 - 6:30 am

    It’s a common Australian saying to say “No wucking furries mate!” (Hard to spell it to have all the non-Australians say it correctly.. but it rhymes in Australian..).

    Also, my best friend in high school had a boyfriend named Clint. She wrote his name in block letters on her bag, running the L and the I together (no top or tail on the I). I said to her one day, “Does that say c***?”. She was most embarrassed but a whole bunch of us thought it was hilarious. It honestly looked like it.

    But I’ll guess you’ll censor my post.

  64. Catykin -  August 18, 2010 - 5:56 am

    Sorry – my comment isn’t really a parapraxis, though!

  65. Catykin -  August 18, 2010 - 5:55 am

    One day at my new office job, I noticed a typo on a letter my (new) boss had already signed. I fixed the error, wrote “Please resign” on a Post-It, stuck it on the letter and handed it to him. Whoops.

  66. Diane -  August 18, 2010 - 5:35 am

    Years and years ago, a newscaster meant to say somthing like “…according to a reliable White House source.” but it came out as “…according to a reliable White Horse souse.” I still laugh at that.

  67. Becky -  August 18, 2010 - 4:21 am

    I was looking at a coworker who was gaining weight, and her face looked especially swollen one day. I couldn’t stop thinking about how fat her face looked! While working on a project, I looked at her and said “Maybe we should change this poster,” but what came out was, “maybe we should change this FACE.” WHOOPS! We just laughed it off together; she had no idea what caused my slip!

  68. PRINCE OF GAYA(BIHAR) -  August 18, 2010 - 4:09 am

    i once assessed an encoding of a friend…i corrected a certain line, but what a slip of toungue it was….i loudly insisted “you smoke clearly and confidently”….instead of saying the word correctly as “spoke”…..

  69. PRINNE -  August 18, 2010 - 4:07 am

    is there a single word for tip of the tongue phenomenon?

    • Aidan -  December 18, 2014 - 12:26 pm

      jamais vu (ya-may-voo) not one word, but goes along with deja vu which is usually thought of as one word it’s french for never seen

  70. WALNUT -  August 18, 2010 - 3:41 am

    While looking in the cupboard at cans of soup, i meant to offered him some Pea Soup. Instead I twisted it around. He politely refused some Sea Poop. Me too.

  71. AB, Portugal -  August 18, 2010 - 3:38 am

    In the old Roman days starting over two thousand years ago (and a very long time before Dr. Sigmund Freud’s birth date) this was said in latin: “lapsus lingue”. This latin expression is still in use today.

  72. Derek Williams -  August 18, 2010 - 2:58 am

    Why is the censor removing words from these postings, which are not gratuitously pornographic, and that are all to be found at http://www.dictionary.com?

  73. kd -  August 18, 2010 - 2:50 am

    I was sitting on the couch watching TV with a pile of laundry in my lap and my grandmother walked by and asked me if they were clean. I replied “yep, just took them out of the oven.” I meant dryer.

  74. greekgodess -  August 18, 2010 - 1:38 am

    My boyfriend got hit in the head with a soccer ball and the next day when I saw him at school I wanted to say “Hey babe how’s you’re head after the ball incident?” but instead I said “Hey babe how’s you’re ball after the head incident?” Everyone in the hall started pissing it and no one believes the real story :S

  75. Zoidbergsmom -  August 18, 2010 - 1:10 am

    I was giving a class presentation at assembly. Instead of saying “ladies and gentlemen” I said ladies and gentlemoms”……

    The whole place cracked up laughing

  76. N -  August 18, 2010 - 12:30 am

    I’d helped someone figure out how to validate their ticket on the tram. When she said thanks, I meant to say either ‘no worries’ OR ‘no problem’, but what came out of my mouth was NO WORMS!

  77. Persia's Finest -  August 18, 2010 - 12:29 am

    Setup: I’m in Seattle my future wife is in Toronto; when I first told her (over msn) i loved her, she says:

    u know ur in Seattle
    Im in ur Toronto
    u got me messed”

    I say:

  78. clapton55 -  August 17, 2010 - 11:39 pm

    In front of my mom and step-father, I said, “girls group together in their cli***” instead of clicks. No one said anything. LOL

  79. Palow -  August 17, 2010 - 11:22 pm

    I was talking with my friend about how big of an appetite I had as a teenager, despite how tiny I was. Even my best friend, who was much bigger than me, couldn’t out do my appetite. But what I ended up saying was “I always used to eat Jenn out” We immediately bursted out laughing, while I shouted, “NO, NO, NO, not like that, I was talking about food! I used to eat more food than her!”

  80. Heliophobic -  August 17, 2010 - 11:17 pm

    I told my sister her hegs were larry.lol (Meant to say her legs were hairy)

  81. OOPS | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  August 17, 2010 - 10:40 pm

    [...] “OOPS” There we go again — a slip of the tongue or speaking in tongues — Or Sigmund and the Super EGO — There is no escape from a psychotic break — then where the Hell should we go. — To get some advice that need not be nice — of which is the truth you’re expecting. — The versions are many and better than not any, — otherwise there would be no rejecting. — So they say take a side or go run and hide — and speak to some God Awful Angel — or else stand and fight to the others delight — and Babble on much like old Charlie Rangle. — The Ways and the Means are many they say — to avoid conflict through some resolution. — Though to keep it inside becomes a Freudian Slide — Hence the OOPS! is the only solution. –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]

  82. jennyz -  August 17, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    i once assessed an encoding of a friend…i corrected a certain line, but what a slip of toungue it was….i loudly insisted “you smoke clearly and confidently”….instead of saying the word correctly as “spoke”…..

  83. jennyz -  August 17, 2010 - 10:17 pm

    what a heck….totally slips of tongue though….

  84. katm -  August 17, 2010 - 9:57 pm

    is there a single word for tip of the tongue phenomenon?

  85. knockknock -  August 17, 2010 - 9:42 pm

    I was once commending my student for his being studious. I said”I think you are alcoholic” instead of saying “Workaholic”.Then he started defending himself.I was “guilty of parapraxia” then…^^

  86. Sebastien -  August 17, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    My aunt asked how she looked in a dress and I was thinking about how my uncle bought birth control pills at the pharmacy earlier, and then I said “You look pregnant”

  87. bebo -  August 17, 2010 - 8:52 pm

    I work at Tim Hortons and we have peanut butter cookie so once i replied a csutomer “do you want a penis butter cookie” instead of saying “peanut butter cookie.”

  88. TT girl -  August 17, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    When driving off from our lunch date with my mother-in-law, I intended to say to my step-daughter, “You are such a good granddaughter.” What came out was, “You are such a good mushroom.” What do you make of this Freudian slip? …no, no one had mushrooms for lunch!

  89. a.nony.mouse -  August 17, 2010 - 8:09 pm

    Once, while playing a modified version of “Apples to Apples” as part of a class project, my friend, who was the judge for the round and defining a word, accidentally said ‘orgasm’ instead of ‘organism’. The teacher thought it was hilarious.

  90. Pamela D. Hart -  August 17, 2010 - 7:50 pm

    I had a Chrysler Executice ask me, “May I take your clothes?” instead of coat…he was oblivious to what he had asked until I told the BIG Chrysler Manager and then he at least had the decency to blush!

  91. L -  August 17, 2010 - 7:22 pm

    While discussing a public speaking assignment with a few friends, I explained that I was to write a dedication speech to someone who had died; rather than saying “plan out my eulogy for class tomorrow,” I said “plan out my /orgy/ for class tomorrow.”

  92. anna -  August 17, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    @E, would just like to say that you are so right. ;D

  93. Rae -  August 17, 2010 - 6:11 pm

    I worked in a jewelry warehouse years ago. As I was busy in the rings section, an older fellow came over and we each tried on the crappiest, biggest, tackiest rings I could find. Instead of returning his tacky merchandise to the ring tray, he put his wedding band in the slot. I actually said, “Freudian slip, eh?” and couldn’t stop laughing at the notion.

  94. Megan -  August 17, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    I am a medical transcriptionist, and often use the term “p.r.n.” which stands for “as needed.” Several times I catch myself typing fast enough that I type “porn” instead. As far as I know I’ve always caught myself and made the necessary correction!

  95. gladma -  August 17, 2010 - 5:50 pm

    Once, while chatting with a female ‘friend’, she enquired, after a bit of a delay in my response to one of her comments, “what are you doing?” I responded “I am cheating with you!” instead of “I am chatting with you!”. Incidentally both comments were correct :)

  96. azrael -  August 17, 2010 - 5:05 pm

    I should have added that the key for Freud is that the slip is not done intentionally, but rather unintentionally as an expression of an unconscious wish or ambivalence.

  97. azrael -  August 17, 2010 - 5:04 pm

    @That Guy: A portmanteau is generally, but not necessarily, intentional. In Freud’s Lectures on parapraxis (found in the Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis), he refers several times to slips in which two words are combined to make a nonsense word. An example is a gentleman who approaches a woman and combines the German words for “accompany” and “insult” (into, I believe begleit-digen).

  98. mya -  August 17, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    I worked as a server for 7 yrs. after taking a smoke break, I had a table, and rather than saying what would you like to drink, I asked
    ‘what would like to smoke’.

  99. E -  August 17, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    I meant to say “I went horseback riding” instead I said “I went cowboy riding”. Though, cowboy riding sounds much more fun!

  100. charlie -  August 17, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    Years ago, a anchor man on the 11 o’clock news started to describe an accident, “a truck driver jacked off his truck on highway 99 this afternoon stopping traffic for more than hour.” And he said without missing a beat.

  101. ripfire -  August 17, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    “What’s the technical term for a slip of the tongue?”

    Muk tuk.

  102. Saint Luticriss -  August 17, 2010 - 3:34 pm

    “What do you want for lunch?”

    “Chilled Grease.”

    “Say wha-?”

    “Whoops. I meant ‘Grilled Cheese’.”

  103. Kelly -  August 17, 2010 - 3:30 pm

    Shortly after starting at my job about 15 years ago, the boss buzzed me on the intercom and asked me if I had a sec. I replied “For you, I’ve got plenty of secs.” I don’t know if he caught it, he never said a word. But my co-worker did and it came up regularly for the next 7 years I worked there!

  104. gaar -  August 17, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    heh that’s interesting. a slip of the tongue happened to my friend who was explaining high school stereotypes to us and said “that’s where all the black kids go” bu meant to say “that’s where all the bad kids go” lol that was a fun time

  105. Mark -  August 17, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    On the whole, Spoonerisms are hucking falarious.

    As parapraxisms go, ive got a longstanding petition to have U and I moved away from eachother on the keyboard, as i have a very nasty habit of reversing the direction of very context sensetive comments, when you read ‘u’ as ‘you’, as one does.

  106. Sam -  August 17, 2010 - 2:54 pm

    On the subject of sexual parapraxis, I once meant to tell my mom, “You’re talking to yourself again,” And instead I said, “You’re masturbating.” Yeah, and her talking to herself was supposed to be embarrassing. Awkwardness is an understatement…

  107. doc -  August 17, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    @profane: I think it’s both.

    I know my friend and I use the word “malapropase” a lot, knowing full well that’s not the way to use it in honor of the word’s meaning (even though our usage doesn’t fully live up it).

    I think tig ‘ol bitties is a prime example of a spoonerism.

  108. Randi -  August 17, 2010 - 2:18 pm

    I told my children the other day to buckle up or the cops will run us over instead of pull us over lol.

  109. Saf -  August 17, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    I work around a lot of very intoxicated people, so it’s kind of hard to choose from all of the amusing parapraxes I am witness to. I think my most recent favorite was when a guy asked me,

    “Can you f— me where the trashcan is?”

  110. Steph -  August 17, 2010 - 1:54 pm

    Heard one on the news the other day. The reporter meant to say “firefighters” but it came out “firefarters.” The mental image brought on by the mistaken word is *still* hilarious.

  111. That Guy -  August 17, 2010 - 1:45 pm


    (There’s also a funny name for when you switch the letters of two words, like “Weorge Gashington.” Learn what it’s called, here.)

    They do, albeit indirectly. That’s the post about Spoonerisms.

  112. steven -  August 17, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    Years ago, when pagers were more common than cell phones, my friends and I were standing in a crowded restaurant waiting for their pager to alert us that our table was ready. In the course of our conversation I made the mistake of saying that “I keep my vibrator set to ‘page’.” The second I said it I realized my mistake but continued on as though I’d said nothing wrong. One of my friends nearly choked on her beer and asked “Did you just say…?”

  113. profane -  August 17, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    They use this alot on those funny t-shirts. ” I am not duckin’ frunk”
    The article should have mentioned SPOONERISM as well.
    And strange isn’t it how most of the comments somehow relate to sexual experiences. Is it because parapraxis in those situations is most humorous or embarrassing or is it because the human mind wants to express sexual thoughts whenever it can as carnal notions are suppressed in society?

  114. That Guy -  August 17, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    @ Dante. I believe your are referring to a Portmanteau, made popular by Lewis Carroll in “Through the Looking Glass”. It is where you take two words and combine them into one incidentally. Don’t ask Dictionary.com though, they’ll tell you it’s a briefcase. Check the Wikipedia article.

    “Humpty Dumpty’s theory, of two meanings packed into one word like a portmanteau, seems to me the right explanation for all. For instance, take the two words “fuming” and “furious.” Make up your mind that you will say both words … you will say “frumious.”"

  115. kb -  August 17, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    lol is such a useful expression. It tells readers that something is funny when otherwise they would have no idea.

  116. Alex -  August 17, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    This happened to me once when I was rushing into work one day and someone asked me for directions to a place I was unfamiliar with, to which I replied, “To be sure with you, I’m not quite honest.”

  117. Vixey -  August 17, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    A particular time I remember was when my girlfriend was typoing a lot, and I replied with: “I think you need to slow down for a sex” instead of sec(second) xD
    I’ve also accidentally typoed them in reverse too.

  118. amazinggoatgirl -  August 17, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    Once I had a friend that I was staying with tell me that since the shower curtain ripped and the drain wouldn’t plug, that I would have to take a “sit-down shower.” Of course, it did not come out this way; it came out “so you’ll just have to take a **** down sour.”

  119. Lyle -  August 17, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    What is brilliant is that you can combine “You’re a slob” and “You’re a nut” the OTHER way and it still works too =D

  120. 554sds -  August 17, 2010 - 11:57 am

    after my sister went through labor I asked her “Aren’t you over it’s glad”? lol

  121. Dante -  August 17, 2010 - 11:55 am

    Is it really about “unconscious thoughts and desires overriding your conscious” if you are combining two separate words?

    Example: a person is a slob but they are also a nut so to call them a slut is more of a “brain moving faster than tongue”.

    …does that make sense?

  122. deaconwolf -  August 17, 2010 - 11:37 am

    My most hurtful and regretable parapraxis was while having sex with my then most very important new love – the love of my life actually. In the midst of complete loving passion I called her by my last significant others name; then later, after the prevaling turmoil toned down I called her by that very same woman’s nickname!! Almost lost her… Thank goodness she forgave me – but I had no explanation for calling ‘her name’ out as someone else’s and then to even make matters worse – to do it again; only in much more endearing terms. To pay me back she would on occasion call me by her other now insignificant others names – then giggle! Payback is tortuous.

  123. profane -  August 17, 2010 - 11:31 am

    Mother Trucker!!

  124. brandi -  August 17, 2010 - 11:22 am

    An old ex-boyfriend used MY name instead of his fiance’s in front of a group of us at HER dinner party. Awkward silence commencing now…

  125. Joe -  August 17, 2010 - 11:21 am

    Meant to say, “Please pass the sugar…” but it came out, “You’ve ruined my freakin’ life, you wretched whore!”

  126. eric -  August 17, 2010 - 11:18 am

    these slips have been fodder in my household conversations for years!!

  127. Embarrassed -  August 17, 2010 - 11:04 am

    I will never forget the time I politely inquired of a co-worker, Dick, on Monday following a weekend project to prepare his pier for the upcoming lake season by asking, “So, how’s your dick, Doc?”

  128. Arvin -  August 17, 2010 - 11:01 am

    LOL, Once I intended to say: “I’ll come over” but I said: “I’ll come over you” I think that’s a funny one!

  129. Chris -  August 17, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Why would a dictionary website censor a word in a comment when that word is in its own dictionary???

  130. Chris -  August 17, 2010 - 10:48 am

    It is a funny coincidence that I ran across this article today. Just last night my girlfriend was going to say “I want some cake”, but instead it came out as “I want some (OBSCENITY).”

    Too funny

  131. les -  August 17, 2010 - 10:45 am

    I was going to say either, “You are a slob.” or “You are a nut.” and it came out, “You are a slut.” Not good.


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