Slip of the Tongue

A slip of the tongue by Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson:
01 we’ve had very very powerful denunciation of Russia
02 and my poleague er colleague
03 Jacek Czaputowicz
04 er in on Friday in London

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In line 02, it is not clear why Johnson said ‘poleague’ instead of ‘colleague’ but it may have been due to the fact that Jacek Czaputowicz is the Polish Foreign Minister. The first syllable of ‘Polish’ /po-/ replaces the intended target /co-/ to create a word blend (polish + colleague).

Classification: Word blend


The Andrew Marr Show, 18th March 2018.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09wvk7m/the-andrew-marr-show-18032018

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