->''"Euphemism: a word you use in place of one you can't spell."''
-->-- '''Reggie Mantle''', Franchise/ArchieComics

A character tries to use a big, impressive word or two. Unfortunately, he's having trouble [[SelfDemonstratingArticle pronunci-pronouncia]]...er, saying it, whether due to unfamiliarity with the word, or a [[SpeechImpediment speech imp-p-p-p]]... trouble talking. After a couple tries, he'll give up and [[LastSecondWordSwap substitute an easier word]], or just clam up completely.

The {{Trope Namer|s}} is, obviously, WesternAnimation/PorkyPig of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' fame. Interestingly, Porky Pig manages to subvert it as, [[RuleOfFunny for comical purposes]], he ''always'' finds himself to have an issue pronouncing a ''very easy word'' and eventually substitutes a much more complicated word ''which he says without a single mistake''.

Contrast [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness Sesq-q-q-q-quipedalian Loquaci-louca-louqa-smart talk]], and SpockSpeak, this trope's exact opposite. Compare BuffySpeak, which similarly involves a character's conversational reach exceeding his verbal grasp. Also compare DelusionsOfEloquence, where the character muddles the big words but ploughs onward anyway. If this doesn't happen ever, it's because RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic.

Not related to CannotSpitItOut.


[[folder:Ani-Ani-Ani-me and M-m-m-man-man...Japanese Cartoons and Comics]]
* [[Manga/{{Yotsuba}} Yotsuba]] pulls one of these in the chapter where she draws all over her dad's face.

[[folder:C-c-c-com-com...Funny Papers]]
* An old EC ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' comic featured a version of "Literature/SleepingBeauty", with a running gag of characters talking about the impenet- impentr- inpenet- ''thick'' wall of thorns surrounding the cursed castle.
* Subverted in the "Earthquake" storyline of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics. Robin examines the broadcasts from "Quakemaster" who claims to have caused the earthquake. When he realizes that the villain is avoiding words that contain the letter B, he deduces that the Quakemaster is actually a known bad guy who has a lisp.
* ComicBook/RichieRich once told Cadbury of his distinctive difficulty pronouncing the word "ventriloquist". It later proves critical for Cadbury to realize that [[OutOfCharacterAlert the Richie with him is an impostor when he says the word correctly]].

[[folder:F-F-Fa-Fan...Non-canon Fiction]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10126349/3/One-Act-of-Kindness One Act of Kindness]]'' Pansy Parkinson tells Harry that she didn't share his secrets with the Slytherins.
-->'''Harry:''' I know. Griphook has kept me informed. He said something about Snape using Leg...Legi[[labelnote:note]]Legilimency.[[/labelnote]]...crap...he read your mind and told Draco.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11092196/14/Xtreme-Freak Xtreme Freak]]'' [=McGonagall=] and a few other teachers spot what looks like a pile of trash by the Hogwarts front gates after consuming tea laced with Scotch and Firewhiskey.
-->'''[=McGonagall=]:''' I would banish it now, but I fear maybe I am drunk too much to do it right, and I am possi, possoti, pissitan; I am sure I was taught not to spell cast when I am drunk.
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-15613-8/DemonChildeKyra+My+Own+Demise.htm My Own Demise]]'' Harry and Draco get drunk together.
-->'''Draco:''' Yeah, we should probably get some sleep, too. I dunno about you, but shopping ex-exhau-tired me out today.

* From ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': "There are people who do nothing all day but good deeds! They are called philip-- phila-- philum-- good deed doers!"
* ''Film/HotShots Part Deux'' has this one: "On October 15, the President of the United States ordered a covert mission in the Persian Gulf for the purpose of rescuing soldiers taken hostage during Desert Storm. Only a handful of our highest government officials were aware of the operation, as it included an attempt to assasssan... assisss... kill a guy. "
** Bonus points because it was supposed to be an intro word crawl, in which it is completely stupid to have a mispronunciation.
* [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo "You live in what kind of home?" "An an-emone-mone...an am-nem-o-nem-o-mne!"]]
* Doc from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' spoke like this occasionally. This speech pattern was based off the actor who played him.
* The second ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' movie has an inversion where Tiger ends up with a more complicated word than the original: "A spy- a spee- a spididid- an arachnid!"
* In the 2009 ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' movie, InspectorLestrade has trouble saying that a witness is cata... cata... ("Catatonic, sir.").
* Roscoe, in Tod Browning's ''Film/{{Freaks}}''.
* A few characters in ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' have a hard time pronouncing the word "accompaniment," resulting in this trope.
-->'''Everett:''' [[BlatantLies Well, we are negroes, sir]]. All except for our ac-c-c- our ac-c-c- uh, the man who plays the guitar.
* King George VI in ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', [[BasedOnATrueStory true to his real life counterpart]].
* In ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'', when Doc is trying to give them Agent Schmecker's card.
-->'''Doc:''' An FBI agent came by the bar and he left me his c-c-ca-, he left me his c-c-c-c-, oh he f***ing gave me this!
* Jack talks like this in "Once Upon A Girl".
* From the 1963 version of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther''.
-->'''Princess Dala:''' I saw six when I went on my first...safrari...frazari...wild animal hunt.
* From ''Film/InspectorGadget'' ''2'': Dr. Claw's henchman Brick reaffirms a news report that Riverton's Federal Reserve branch is "impen--impreg--really hard to get into."
* Disney's ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', when the Caterpillar asks Alice "exacatically" what her problem is.
-->'''Alice''': Well it's exactiticly...exacita...well, it's ''precisely'' this: I should like to be a little larger, sir.
* ''Film/JohnnyEnglishReborn'': Johnny can't pronounce "Timoxylene Barbebutanol".
-->'''Johnny:''' He's here to give you some Timoxy Bubby...Timoxy Babibi...Timoxi Babbubibi...To give you a drug that will make you obey his every command!

* ''Creator/DaveBarry In Cyberspace'' compares reading typewritten documents to "listening to Porky Pig try to complete a sentence" because of all the mistakes that have to be crossed out.
** According to ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'', Guadalupe Hidalgo is pronounced "GUA-da ... oh, NE-ver MIND."
* In the third ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book, one of the DumbMuscle bodyguards has one of these. "inca-incapci--incap--broken."
* In the Discworld book ''Discworld/EqualRites'', there's a young wizard master named Simon, who has great difficulty with saying words that begin with certain letters, to the point where other characters often attempt to fill in the words for him so he won't have to go to the struggle of saying them.
* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', Machiavelli has this whenever he tries to say "[[Myth/AztecMythology Quetzalcoatl]]."
* Joseph Olivera from ''Literature/TimeRiders'' has so much trouble with the letter s he often has to s-s-sub-s-s... "replace" s words with different words in conversation.

[[folder:Live Action Tee-Tee-Tee...Television]]
* As the host of an edition of ''World's Greatest Magic'', Creator/JohnRitter deliberately played with this by being "unable" to pronounce "prestidigitation": Presti-presti-MAGIC! The audience loved it, by the way.
* A patient did this in an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', leading to [[DrJerk Charles]]' sympathy and defense of the boy to bullies. At the end of the episode it is revealed that his sister stutters.
* ''Series/OpenAllHours'': Arkwright always had a stutter, but a common gag was for him to try repeatedly to say a complex word and then give up and replace it with a much more down-to-earth synonym. "That's f-f-f-f-f-f-f ... that's just right" or something along those lines can often be heard.
** At some point, the show itself decided to start playing with this, so instead of just replacement words you also have scenes like "Granville, come and sp-sp-sp-sp-spray this p-p-p-p-p-p ... oh, never mind, I've done it myself now."
** "Well, what's not in the per-pe-per-pe-pastry, is in the per-pe-per-pe-pie, and what's not in the per-pe-per-pe-pie, is in the per-pe-per-pe- well, you can work it out for yourself...
** "Granville! how do you spell per-per-per-pe-pepper? is it six 'P's or seven?"
** Arkwright: it all started when we had ber-b-b-b-bb-b-bb Granville: so good, you know I can't understand morse code!
* Invoked in the TV adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse's short story "The Truth about George."
-->'''George''': I'm talking about my st-st-st-st-...impediment."
* Foster Brooks, who specialized in a comedic drunk act on various '70s variety shows, often employed this.
* In the ''Series/MyFamily'' episode "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told", Ben tries to "anaesthetise" himself with copious amounts of alcohol before pulling out his own tooth, and does this when Abi accuses him of being drunk. "I'm not drunk. I'm anasthe... anesthe... anisthe... I'm not drunk."
* A meta-example happened in ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} Blackadder Goes Forth]]''. In the episode "Private Plane", Blackadder was originally supposed to respond to Flashheart's constant "WOOF!"-ing by saying "It's like Battersea Dogs Home in here". However, Rowan Atkinson has a stutter and has particular trouble with words beginning with B, which gave him a lot of trouble with the line, so they eventually changed it to having him say "It's like Crufts in here" instead.
* From ''Series/EightIsEnough'', this exchange between a newspaper reporter writing an article, and her father:
--> How do you spell "industrious"?
--> I'd spell it "hardworking."
* ''Series/LambChopsPlayAlong'' had a twist on this -- Lamb Chop kept fudging the phrase "the San Diego Zoo", and finally said "You know, the zoo in San Diego."
* In one episode of the Israeli sitcom ''[=HaPijamot=]'', resident [[TheDitz Ditz]] and ManChild Oded struggles to pronounce the pentasyllabic loanword ''alternativit''[[labelnote:Hebrew]]אלרנטיבית[[/labelnote]] (‘alternative’) and uses the trisyllabic native word ''khalufit''[[labelnote:Hebrew]]חלופית[[/labelnote]] instead.

* Happens from time to time on Music/LesLuthiers routines.

* Commander Weatherby from ''Radio/TheNavyLark''.
-->"''I'd like a return ticket-t-t-t-t-t-ticket-t-t-t-t-t to the Digital-Digital-Digital I-mbrI-mbrI-mbrI-tidley-I-tidley-I, the Digital-mbrDigital-mbr-Digital-mbrI-tidley-tidley-mbro-mbro-mbro to hell with the Digital Islands, I'll go to Jersey''".

* The [[http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=%22Flying+karamazov+brothers%22+%22comedy+of+errors%22&sitesearch=# Flying Karamazov Brothers']] version of ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'' makes a running gag out of doing this to "Epidaminum".
** Some other productions do it to "Ephesus".
* Krupp in ''The Time of Your Life'', to [=McCarthy=]:
-->"You sure can philos-- philosoph-- Boy, you can talk."

[[folder:Video G-G-G-Ga-Ga...Apps]]
* Khalid in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' tends to stutter. A lot. As a result he does sound quite a bit like Porky.
* During the end credits of ''VideoGame/StarControl 2'', while the game shows funny fake outtakes of conversations with the aliens, the Khor-Ah tries to give an intimidating speech but ends up failing to spell the word "Annihilate". It then gets REALLY upset and demands to speak to whomever wrote his script.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'', [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} George]] parodies the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' CaptainsLog but messes up "animal" so badly that he switches to "weird thing." Yeah, DrugsAreBad.
* An early quest in ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' has the player helping out a former thief turned aspiring alchemist. He had looted a potion that enhanced his intelligence and alchemical aptitude, but it is beginning to wear off by the time the player finds him. As he is explaining his situation, he frequently delves into this pattern of speech.
* ''The Haunted House of Hideous Horror'':
-->'''Desther:''' This is what I want. I want to be able to have a bath without a ghost trying to pull the plug. I want to be able to eat my breakfast without a dead body floating around my head. Such things are ''so'' distracting. I want my house back. I want the horrors that have manis- manfes- ''moved'' in booted out. Do you understand?
* ''Delicious 9: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise'':
-->'''Jimmy:''' Your cleaning and finding skills are unek...uneq...pretty great!

[[folder:Web C-C-C-Com-Com...Speech Bubbles]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': Kiel [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1319 argues]] to Naal that "All I did was make you incon...inconspis...WHATEVER, make you less visible!"
* ''Webcomic/FlintlockesGuideToAzeroth''. Apparently dirigible is difficult enough to say even without a Dwarven/Scottish accent.
* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'': Rayne, saving a friend while drunk off his ass.
-->"Here comes the calvary... The clavary... I'm a horsie!"

[[folder:Web Or-Or-Or-Origi-Origi...Brand New]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic does this at the start of his 100th episode:
-->"It's hard to believe that such a handsome man could become even handsomener-- han-- hand-- han-- ner, prettier."
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick find herself unable to get out the word "nice" in her Top Five Least Worst Disney Sequels, so settles for "less mean".
* [[http://hiimdaisy.livejournal.com/22797.html#cutid1 From a parody of Metal Gear Solid 2]], we have a character introduce himself as "Shashalashka! I mean Shalashishka. Lashashaska. Shiska - OCELOT."
* An outtake from ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' shows Tinkerballa having trouble with the word "women". After about five takes she finally replaces it with "girls".
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', when Vegeta must do something anathema to his character:
--> '''Vegeta''': I need your hehh… I need your heehhHhH…\\
'''Gohan''': You need our help?\\
'''Vegeta''': That. Yes.
** For a straighter example, Mecha Freeza suffers from this due to his glitchy circuits.
--> '''Mecha Freeza''': (upon arriving on Earth) My God, this is droll. There's not even a [[SpaceX Space Radio Shack]], much less a Space Best Buy-Buy-Buy-Circuit City.
* ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'':
** In the ''Cool Spot'' review, he complains about the number of enemies and tries to say that he thought he was playing ''Cool Spot'', not ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee''. After three failed attempts to say "Melee", he gives up and uses ''Brawl'' instead. This is a TakeThat to IG's ''Brawl'' review in which he mispronounces "Melee" - he says "mee-lay", while it should be "may-lay" - the American pronunciation and the one used by the announcer in the game.
** In the ''Legend of Zelda'' review, he tries to say "[[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Lucario]]". It doesn't go well:
--> ''L... Luo... Lu-sa-sari-ka-kar... Luh-cheerio.