"Well, your story is VERY compelling, Mr. Jackass, I mean, Simpson..."On the one hand there's the Freudian Slip, where a character means to say thing A but says thing B by accident, likely because B reflects on what is really on their mind. But in this case, a character says thing B on purpose, and "pretends" (whether as a matter of deceptive intentions or just sarcastically) that it was an accident. Basically, this is for when a character wants to openly express the kind of thing that a character who makes a Freudian Slip is trying to keep to himself/herself. Compare *Cough* Snark *Cough*, which is often used for similar purposes.
— Police Chief Wiggum (in response to Homer's claim of seeing a space alien), The Simpsons
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- Rachel (and then later, Ross) trying to flirt their way out of a ticket, in one episode of Friends.
Rachel: Here you go, Officer Handsome.
Officer: It's Hanson.
Rachel: Whoops, my mistake.
Ross: Here you go, Officer, uh, Pretty.
Officer: It's Petty.
Ross: Whoops. [nervous giggle]
- Ross is flirting with a male police officer too. Which could work out in some cases, but doesn't here.
- Babylon 5 has Bester use this to reveal that Talia Winters was dissected by the Corps. Whether this was true or not is never made known.
- In The Nanny episode "Maggie the Model", Fran attempts to let Maggie down easy after Maggie bombs as a potential model:
Maggie Sheffield: But Chloe said...
Fran Fine: I know what Chloe said, but we'll cross that bitch when we get to it.
- The Simpsons, of course, provides the page quotation.
- Cicero used this in his speech in defense of Caelius, who had been accused of several crimes by his ex-lover Clodia. Clodia was the sister of one of Cicero's bitterest political enemies, and it was rumored there was a Brother-Sister Incest relationship among the siblings. In his speech, Cicero said at one moment: "And, indeed, I would do so still more vigorously, if I had not a quarrel with that woman's husband — brother, I meant to say; I am always making this mistake."