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"Unintentionally misspoke"

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Scintillant, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Nick Gibb l̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ unintentionally misspeaking yesterday on Radio 4:

    “We are testing 330,000 people a day.”

    Nick Gibb MP, 5 August 2020 [2:26:34]

    This is not true. The real number, in England, is around 52,000. It will be slightly higher for the whole UK and if antibody and surveillance tests are included.

    We do not test 330,000 people a day for Covid-19

    This is not the first time a minister has "unintentionally misspoke" in interviews about testing. And it is a figure that is now noticeably much lower than the 100,000 target that Hat Mancock set absolutely ages ago.

    Have any Tessers got any similarly hilarious tales from when they "unintentionally misspoke"?

    Laphroig likes this.
  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    What is this stupid made up word "misspoke" anyway?
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  3. WolfPaul

    WolfPaul Occasional commenter

    No I haven't, but I imagine that the quoted figure, regarded through less prejudiced eyes, is probably connected to the capacity for processing tests, which is just over 330,000.
  4. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    An alternative way of saying "I lied".
    lunarita and afterdark like this.
  5. WolfPaul

    WolfPaul Occasional commenter

    Or an alternative way of saying that a mistake was made. Of course, there are some posters on this site who never make any mistakes, apparently...
    lindenlea likes this.
  6. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    They've made this mistake a few times.

    They are habitual liars.

    afterdark likes this.
  7. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    syn. "caught lying again"
  8. WolfPaul

    WolfPaul Occasional commenter

  9. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

  10. WolfPaul

    WolfPaul Occasional commenter

    Thanks for following my instruction.
  11. modelmaker

    modelmaker Lead commenter

    Do you mean like when Trump's spokesperson talked about alternative facts?
  12. WolfPaul

    WolfPaul Occasional commenter

  13. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Always a pleasure, never a chore.

    Thanks for coming.
  14. WolfPaul

    WolfPaul Occasional commenter

    That's ok, off to watch the football now. I'll check out for more later.
  15. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Senior commenter

    The word "mis-spoke" came into vogue in 1972 in the aftermath of the Watergate burglary, and was much used by President Nixon as he lied and back-pedalled his way out of the Presidency. As I recall, the construction was "I mis-spoke myself" which to my mind carried undertones of incontinence. To be fair, in the later stages of his defenestration the copious flop-sweat on Nixon's brow was probably matched by the pee trickling down his leg. Until Trump, a uniquely dreadful man in the White House.
  16. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

  17. WolfPaul

    WolfPaul Occasional commenter

    I couldn't possibly comment

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  18. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Conservative On Youth Work?
    afterdark likes this.
  19. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Another member for the ignore list!
    Ivartheboneless likes this.
  20. modelmaker

    modelmaker Lead commenter

    In the context of football, I think it probably stands for Come On You Onanists.
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