Wednesday, December 17, 2008

gaffe: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Dictionary.comDictionary.com Word of the Day

Ever wonder why we're not just happy, we're happy as a clam?
Or why draw a blank means forget? Or why jumbo and not big?
orijinz the new word and phrase card game is getting rave reviews!
Great, great, GREAT word game!" "infectious" "So much Fun"
"Best game for thinking adults in a long time." "We had a blast"
A great stocking stuffer and holiday gift. Only $14.95.

ADVERTISEMENT

Word of the Day for Wednesday, December 17, 2008

gaffe \gaf\, noun:

a blunder; faux pas

Torii Hunter was in full mea culpa mode Friday, taking responsibility for Wednesday night's gaffe, when he forgot there were only two outs, pulled up between second and third base and was tagged out in a rundown against the New York Mets.
-- Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 6/21/2008
The Mountain View company acknowledged the financial gaffe in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying the unintended notes revealed a projection that advertising revenue will grow to $9.5 billion in 2006, up 58 percent from the previous year.
-- Verne Kopytoff, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/8/2006
So this is what they mean by the soft bigotry of low expectations. The weeklong drumbeat that led to the vice presidential debate suggested it would be a matchup between an airhead and a gaffe machine.
-- Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe, 10/3/2008

by 1909, from French gaffe "clumsy remark," originally "boat hook," from Old French gaffe, from Old Provencal gaf, probably from Gothic gafa "hook," but this origin is obscure. It may derive from British slang gaff "to cheat, trick" (1893) or gaff "criticism" (1896), from Scottish dialect sense of "loud, rude talk," which ultimately may be from Old English gaf-spr¾c "blasphemous or ribald speech."

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for gaffe


Ever wonder why we're not just happy, we're happy as a clam?
Or why draw a blank means forget? Or why jumbo and not big?
orijinz the new word and phrase card game is getting rave reviews!
Great, great, GREAT word game!" "infectious" "So much Fun"
"Best game for thinking adults in a long time." "We had a blast"
A great stocking stuffer and holiday gift. Only $14.95.



Dictionary.com Word of the Day
http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/
You are currently subscribed to
Dictionary.com Word of the Day
as: mayorjfvalley@gmail.com
To unsubscribe via email,
send a blank message to:
leave-13404654-6044678G@lists.lexico.com
To subscribe to Word of the Day by email,
please send a blank message to:
join-wordoftheday@lists.lexico.com
©2008 by Dictionary.com, LLC.
555 12th Street
Suite 500
Oakland CA 94607
Subscriptions to The Word of the Day
can be turned on and off via the Web at
http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/list/
  Tell a friend about The Word of the Day!

No comments: