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  •  I get irritated with the usage of "gaffe." (2+ / 0-)
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    Greg Dworkin, vcmvo2

    A "gaffe" is a misspeak. You call out the name of a wrong city during a campaign event. You confuse which football team is the popular one. You have an awkward turn of phrase.

    Saying exactly what you mean and then realizing it is horrifically unpopular is not a "gaffe." It is a political miscalculation, perhaps, but not a "gaffe."

    by Magenta on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:13:37 AM PST

    •  eggactly so! (1+ / 0-)
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      47% was not a gaffe. Nor was most of what political reporters cited.

      Of course, saying the truth by accident is known in DC as a Kinsley gaffe.

      "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth - some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." — this definition became known as a Kinsley gaffe.[6]

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:19:43 AM PST

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