One shit, two cunts and a Brexit breakfast!
A collection of intriguing, and occasionally shocking, speech bloopers by some of the best known speakers.
Of the 125 trillion words spoken around the world every day, approximately two in a thousand are uttered in error. That works out at 250 billion words a day! Most of these slips of the tongue are quickly repaired and retired to the linguistic graveyard unnoticed. A few may catch our attention and make us chuckle – if the speaker is some well-known personality, politician or presenter, they may even make the headlines.
Introducing the Linguistic Graveyard
This book dissects some of these linguistic slips to see what they can tell us about the speech planning processes that produced them and the persons that uttered them. The book is not designed to mock these people, however, but to celebrate them, and to thank them for the little nugget of linguistic creativity they have donated to the graveyard.
Well-known personalities making gaffes
Discover why so many fall foul of the Hunt/Cunt slip
Learn about Donald Trump’s strategy for handling slips
See how Boris Johnson makes a cascade of slips
Includes free access to the companion webpage with over 90 links to audios, videos and articles.
Dr Michael Cribb is Assistant Professor of English Language at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He has published widely on applied linguistics and political discourse analysis. His other books include the uniquely revealing It’s Language, Stupid: Unravelling the DNA of the mind and the sumptuous photo essay to be someone in a language. He lives in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom.
Some samples slips from the book
We can never get enough of breakfast… er Brexit!
A promising swinger?
Learn if there are any shits on the BBC
“they sacrifice everyday for the furniture and future of their childrenDonald trump
You can also play slip of the tongue Bingo
Victoria Derbyshire by AIB London / CC BY 2.0
Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0
Boris Johnson by UK Prime Minister / Open Government Licence