It’s a blunderful life
If speaking in public isn’t your forte and you’re famed for messing up your words, you’re not the only one - celebrities do it tooYou’re in front of a crowd - the pressure’s on.
You’ve learnt your lines word for word and have even practiced the right spots to pause for breath.
But as you see the eyes focusing on you and begin to sweat, it becomes harder and harder to remember what you wanted to say.
Most of us have been there at one time or another. Whether it’s been in the office or making a speech at a wedding, even those who have had all the training in the world to help them speak well in public make mistakes from time to time.
Well, you’ll be pleased to know those in power can and very often fluff their lines too.
Fair enough, we all know it wasn’t Barrack Obama’s fault when he seemed to forget his words during his swearing into office ceremony.
It was Chief Justice John Roberts, who pronounced crucial words in the wrong order.
The judge, who has been dubbed the ‘oaf of office’ by one American newspaper, was conducting one of the highest profile and most watched ceremonies in the world when he messed up his lines.
But he’s not the only high profile character to get his lines wrong.
7DAYS has listed just a few of the most famous blunders.
The American pop star doesn’t seem to know her geography very well as she once said: “I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada.”
It’s also alleged she swore about the positioning of her audience without realising her mic was on in Brazil.
Only last year the British Prime Minister was left red faced after addressing politicians about his multi-billion pound bank bail out and saying “We not only saved the world...”
Embarrassed as the House of Commons erupted in laughter and jeers, he attempted to clarify what he meant by adding: “We not only worked with other countries to save the world’s banking system.”
Back in 2002 at the MTV Video Music Awards, which was broadcast live, popstar Britney Spears invited Michael Jackson on to the stage to present him with a birthday cake and he thought she had said she was presenting him with the Artist of the Millennium award. He began to give a speech about how grateful he was to receive it. There is no such award and Spears had only used the phrase to describe her admiration for the star.
Charles De Gaulle
The founder of the French Fifth Republic and its first President, General De Gaulle famously made the rather obvious comment: “China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.”
In 1983, Prince Charles and Lady Diana visited Australia and New Zealand on a Royal tour. One day on a ‘walkabout’ in South Australia, Diana found herself shaking hands with a one-armed man.
“My,” she said, “you must have fun chasing the soap around the bath!”
The Soviet leader was renowned for making stupid mistakes. His speeches were said to be up to six hours long because he read not only the original, but the carbon copy too. On one occasion, Brezhnev allegedly visited the south of Russia to do a speech on science and accidentally gave the wrong speech - on culture. He didn’t even notice until it was over.
It’s long been believed that the world’s most famous astronaut said: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he became the first man to land on the moon.
But after acoustic analysis of the recording of the speech was released he claims he’s finally been vindicated by the evidence of the missing ‘a’, revealing Armstrong did, in fact, say “One small step for ‘a’ man”.
This article wouldn’t be complete without at least one reference to George Bush. So apt at muddling up his words that his nonsense quotes now have their own name - ‘Bushisms’.
We all know the one about fool me, you can’t get fooled again but here’s a lesser-known gem.
We think the last word was meant to be ‘destruction’.
“The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production.”