Tobias: I'm afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, if you will, so it seems I have something of a mess on my hands. Michael: There's just so many poorly chosen words in that sentence....
A character says something innocuous, but can easily be misconstrued as something really dirty. Different from Innocent Innuendo in that the audience isn't misled—it's just the character him or herself not filtering their thoughts properly. Other, more dirty-minded characters may make fun of the speaker or chime in with "That's What She Said!" More commonly, the speaker catches herself and, after a beat, acknowledges it with the title phrase or something to the same effect.
A related phenomenon is this sequence:
McDonald's had a brief (and swiftly recalled) online advertising campaign in which they'd slightly misunderstood youth slang. "Double cheeseburger? I'd hit it".note "Hit it" is slang for "have sex with."
KFC once had a Battlestar Galactica tie-in promotion which advertised a sweepstakes to win a "Frak Pak". After realizing what the frak that actually meant, they removed all instances of "frak" and changed the name of the promotion to "Can't-Say-That-Word-on-Television Sweepstakes". This was probably even worse, since the old name only suggests a prize pack with condoms and KY Jelly, while the revised name suggests a Happy Ending Massage for the winners.
The "True love that comes from a little green leaf" line in this Truvia commercial.
In Yume De Aetara, the protagonist got locked in an elevator overnight, and so got late for the date he had the next day. The woman he got locked in with helpfully explained that he was late because they had spent the night together. Oops...
In Akane's special for Mai-Otome, this exchange happens while Akane and Kazuya are about to have sex.
Kazuya: I'm a little scared. Akane: Don't worry, I know lots of stuff. Kazuya: Eh? Akane:(sheepishly while waving her hands) No, I didn't mean it like that. I learned lots in school. Kazuya: R-right.
This conversation from the second season of the Sailor Moon anime:
King Endymion: Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Kamen, this girl is the daughter of you two. (Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Kamen look at each other and go beet red) Sailor Mars:(enraged) In which year, month, day, minute, and second did this happen?! (realizes what she just said and blushes)
Fate: That's right. On my days off, Nanoha and I do things like that together. (Beat Panel) Fate: Of course, I mean like stretches and training. Teana: Please don't clarify it like that. It's suspicious.
In The Sacred Blacksmith, Cecily asks Luke to forge her a katana, but he refuses. She declares she will prove herself worthy to wield one, puts her hand over her chest, and says she wants him to look at her. Luke blushes and Lisa gets excited. Cecily realizes what she just said and gets really embarrassed, trying to explain that she wanted him to see her heart and soul, not her body.
In the dub version of the second season of Yu Gi Oh Zexal, Yuma watches Rio duel a Brainwashed Barian pawn using her ice-themed deck. When Rio wins, he compliments her, calling her an "ice queen", and then quickly realizes what that usually means. (Fortunately, Rio realizes he meant it as a compliment.)
In Rising X Rydeen the main character has the power to release white gel from any part of his body. It's a gross and useless power so he goes to the hospital to see if it can be removed. Unfortunately, he wasn't clear to the nurse attending to him that shooting "white gel in huge loads" is his superpower, and that by he wants her to "relieve" him of it he means that he wants her to depower him. His phrasing causes the nurse to accuse him of trying to sexually harass her and things get worse when his decides to show her his powers.
The history teacher once makes one: "And the Vikings in their pillaging made off with lots of booty." Needless to say, the class was over after she said it.
Likewise, one earlier Sunday strip is made of this trope, in which a museum guide calmly gives the class a tour on "the many wonderful examples of tools", causing Jeremy and Hector to mutter "Tools" at each other and dissolve into barely contained giggles. The guide goes on to explaining to the class on how "Some tools are very large... some are nearly microscopic", then asks them "Can you think of a tool you have in your pocket right now? What tool do you use every day?" It's a wonder they kept straight faces for as long as they did.
"I don't want some drop-dead gorgeous, hot-bodied wife!... (beat) ...I'm not helping myself, am I?"
In a strip of Dilbert, Ratbert gets attacked by a cat which bites onto his head and won't let go. Dogbert and Bob try to help, and Dogbert explains the plan: "I'll yank the cat off Ratbert's head, and you stamp on it." Sure enough, Dogbert yanks the cat off, and Bob stamps on Ratbert's head. Dogbert admits that he could have phrased it better.
Chris Dee's Cat Tales, in the fourth story, "Catfight": Bruce is talking to his (dead) father's portrait, in an attempt to resolve some issues:
"If I had a nickel for every time I said I'd take her down, and she tried to flay me with that whip while I tried to get the cuffs on her..." Bruce stopped as his imagination caught up with the words he was speaking, and he envisioned his conservative, middle-aged father's reaction to this evocative imagery. "It's not as kinky as it sounds," Bruce lied.
In the Codename: Kids Next Door fanfiction Operation: There Is No Operation, Numbuh 362 taunts Father by daring him to spank her, sending him on a tirade on how that attitude makes pseudo-genocidal war on kiddom awkward and how he would never ever— cut off. It is assumed he was going to say something about sexual abuse.
Don Paolo invokes the trope by name in the humorous Professor Layton story Beloved My Cheeseburger. When the story's other villain states that Layton is the only one who could possibly stop him, Paolo objects.
"I can stop you!" Don Paolo snapped. "I'm greater than Layton! I build flying machines and soup up cars to turn them into gliders! Not to mention I'm extremely handy with latex!" He paused. "That came out wrong."
In Christian Humber Reloaded, Vash, after killing Soku, apologizes to the kids for doing it in front of them, because he doesn't want his enemies to find out that he has "a thing for children". This was meant to show that he is a Friend to All Children, but the kids initially think he's a pedophile.
In the "Zero Hour" arc of I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC, when the heroes meet Lars, Spider-Man says "So, you finally went and changed your douche. Good Lord, that came out horribly."
In Kyon Big Damn Hero, when Tsuruya and Kyon are disguising themselves as students of another school:
Tsuruya: Now, Kyon-kun, can you get on your knees? Kyon:(shrugs) Somehow, I really expected to hear that from Haruhi, first. (beat) Tsuruya:(chuckles) I have to do your hair.
Dragon Ball Abridged has a few of these, several centered around characters only knowing one definition of the word "Balls". Goku is also a fountain of material for this, but never quite realizes it.
There's also the accidental calls to George Takei...
Goku: Then he went and brought this really horny guy! George: Oh my. Goku: Who's that, King Kai? King Kai: It's George Takei. Somehow we made this into a three-way. George:Ohhhh my! King Kai:Call! Three-way call!
Tien: No! Chiaotzu, my partner! Yamcha: ... gay. Tien: Hey, at least I don't spend all of my free time living alone with a cat! Yamcha: Hey, at least I get some puss— wow, that did NOT come out right.
In Bruce Has A Problem, Commissioner Gordon talks with his daughter about her resuming a relationship with Dick Grayson, when he had been under the impression lately that she had been playing for the other team, as it were:
Gordon: "Not that there's anything wrong with that! I mean, If you'd actually told me, I would have been completely supportive of any of your lifestyle choices."
Barbara: "I'm not a lesbian, dad."
Gordon: "Well, obviously not, since you obviously like Dick—"
Barbara: (stares at her dad for a long moment before suddenly cracking up)
Matsuda: It was so horrible. I- I feel like I've violated Misa-Misa just by listening to those lies being told to her... I don't want to have sex with two men and Misa-Misa at the same time... (*everyone stares*) No, no, I'm not with this guy, he's just my friend who has sex with my other male friend. I really like women a lot and any women who want to be with me, I'll respect them incredibly hard and skillfully with all the right respectful lines that I'm going to learn.
Light: I don't think you should return to this bar anytime soon.
Weightless: Chapter 4, apparently, Garrus's awkwardness is contagious:
Garrus: Turians like it hot.
Shepard: I ride my soldiers hard and put them away wet, I can at least make sure they don't go to bed hungry.
Don: Just think of me as your brother who is married to your mother. Wait, that doesn't sound right. Think of us as brothers who share the same mother/wife. No, wait, that's even worse.
Films — Live-Action
Occurs repeatedly in Down Periscope when the Captain Dodge is introducing their female dive officer to the ship's otherwise all-male crew.
Dodge: I know this is an unusual situation. Can't be easy for Lt. Lake here to be thrown into a jungle such as this, and I know it will make things hard on all of us ... (laughter) ... Let me re-phrase that. It's going to make things difficult on all of us as well. But if we just work together as a team, I'm sure we can handle ourselves ... (more laughter) ... comport ourselves as professionals.
Bill: Nice. Nothing like a good sack. Always cheers me up. Mike:(snickering) I bet it does. Bill: Yeah, a sweaty, blood-soaked sack will always improve my mood! Mike: Wow. Kevin: Bill, might want to reconsider your choice of words about the battle... Bill: ...Battle?
Carol in American Graffiti tries to come up with a zinger as John drives away, and spills out "Your car's uglier than I am!" After a second, she says to John "That didn't come out right."
In She's The Man, Paul said to Viola before she enters Ilyria, even lampshading:
Paul: Just remember, inside every girl, there's a boy. *pause* That came out wrong but you know what I mean.
A little one crops up in the fourth Harry Potter movie, which is a little weird in retrospect given that the two characters in the scene (Harry and Hermione) are about 14 years old:
Hermione: Harry, you told me you'd figured that egg out weeks ago! The task is two days from now!
Harry: Really? I had no idea. I suppose Viktor's already figured it out.
Hermione: Wouldn't know. We don't actually talk about the tournament. Actually, we don't really talk at all. Viktor's more of a physical being.
Hermione: I just mean he's not particularly loquacious.
Get Smart: When KAOS discovers the identities of the CONTROL agents, Larabee volunteers to go out to the field:
Larabee: Let me out there, sir! I have no problem exposing myself.
Agent 99: Do you ever think before you speak?
Larabee: No, I just whip it out there. Seems to work best.
In Iron Man 3, Happy tries to describe to Tony what Killian's holographic presentation to Pepper on the mind looks like.
Happy: He's showing her his big brain. And she likes it.
In The Dresden Files book Turn Coat, Harry offers to help the leader of the White Council, the Merlin, prove the innocence of Morgan, as the politics involved in the situation prevent the Merlin from finding anything helpful without making it look like he's trying to save his own ass. When he asks why Harry intends to help him, Harry responds, "Because your balls are in a vise and I'm the only one who can pull them out." Cue arched eyebrow from the Merlin.
Harry: Okay. That came out a little more homoerotic than I intended. Merlin: Indeed.
Game Shows: Have several examples, many making various blooper specials:
Bullseye: Host Jim Lange, interviewing a contestant who is an avid golfer, replies to a remark about kissing his clubs for luck that when he (Lange) golfs, he kisses his balls for good luck. The audience breaks out laughing as Lange gives a "what'd I say" look, as he was referring to his golf balls, not his anatomy.
Family Feud: The possible explanation for the "shoots his weapon" answer and more specifically the resulting uproarious audience laughter offered to a rather benign question, "What does James Bond do in a sexy way?"
Match Game: Although it was more a case of Gene Rayburn misspeaking in the infamous blooper reel outtake where he was trying to complement a pretty contestant's dimples but instead said "nippes."
Teen Wolf: Numerous instances, but Stiles is always making them.
Ugly Betty: In "In or Out," Betty says that the severely depressed Daniel needs to "get back on the horse" and start dating again. Later, she stands up, says "I'm gonna find him another horse to ride," marches resolutely off camera, then returns to add "that didn't sound so dirty in my head."
Ross once had a crush on the pizza delivery girl. When she comes to deliver pizzas she complains that her new haircut makes her look like a young boy. Ross says (impulsively thinking that it'll be a compliment) that he "happens to like" young boys. Oops.
Ross was the Mayor of doing this on that show. In a late season, he's trying to convince Rachel's ex-boss to rehire her, and he learns that the man's son is into dinosaurs.
Ross: I'll let your son come to the museum, late at night after everyone is gone, and he can touch anything he wants!... OK, I just heard that the way you must have heard it. I mean you'll be there too, and the touching just refers to bones — Fossils!
Rachel had her moments too, like this line to Ross while they were sleeping together;
Rachel: Oh please. That Paolo thing was barely a relationship. All it really was was just, ya know, meaningless animal sex. (seeing Ross' hurt look) Okay, you know, that sounded so much better in my head.
Dawn: It's like a meat party in my mouth. (pause) Okay, I'm just a kid and even I know that sounded wrong.
Willow, describing college:
Willow: But here, the energy, the collective intelligence, it's like this force, this penetrating force, and I can just feel my mind opening up — you know? — and letting this place thrust into and spurt knowledge into... That sentence ended up in a different place than it started out in.
Willow: He likes you. He wanted to ask you out last year, but you weren't ready then. But I think you're ready now, or at least in the state of pre-readiness to make conversation, or-or to do that thing with your mouth that boys like.... Oh! I didn't mean the bad thing with your mouth, I meant that little half-smile thing that you... You're supposed to stop me when I do that.
Spike: So you're just here to pump me for information? Buffy: What else would I want to pump you for? (beat) I really just said that, didn't I?
Anya, comforting Willow after Tara has been driven insane:
Anya: You can sleep with me! That came out a lot more lesbian than it sounded in my head.
Anya is disappointed that Souled Spike didn't fight a demon to the death when Buffy and Robin Wood walk into the conversation.
Spike: No need to thank me. I'm just the one who beat him off. Buffy & Robin:... Spike: Repelled him would perhaps be the better phrase. Demon...
Buffy explaining why she's not ready for a real relationship (namely with Angel):
Buffy: I'm cookie dough, I'm not done baking yet, I'm not done becoming whoever the hell it is I'm going to be... maybe one day I turn around and realize I'm cookies, and then if I want someone to eat me... (beat) Er, enjoy "delicious cookie" me...
Buffy even managed to do this without saying anything: In the episode where demons had stolen everybody's voices, she mimed a staking by jerking her hollowed right hand up and down, before she realized what that gesture normally refers to.
When Buffy & Riley fought a vampire/demon tag team, she said to Riley "You get fangs, I'll get horny! I mean..."
Later in the same episode, Buffy and Riley have been magically induced into having sex indefinitely. Meanwhile, fighting and commotion occur just outside their door; Giles wonders why they didn't hear anything:
"In the midst of all that? Do you really think they were keeping it up?" [beat] "Oh, for a different phrasing."
Non-sexual example in "Inca Mummy Girl", while discussing costumes for a fancy-dress-dance.
Xander: Okay, no shirts with ruffles, no hats with feathers, and definitely no lederhosen. They make my calves look fat. Willow: Why are you suddenly so worried about looking like an idiot? That came out wrong.
Elliot: Well, Dr. Cox, you may have seen it all and done it all, but you haven't done me! (Elliot walks off, as all the other doctors and nurses gasp.) Cox: Give her a second there, gang.
Elliot gets a LOT of these. Most notably in the Season One episode "My Blind Date", where she's trying to get Dr. Cox to treat her as his second-in-command as he does J.D., and comes out with such gems as "I want you to use me and I don't care how degrading it is." Each turns into an even worse Double Entendre than the one it was trying to explain, ending with the fourth iteration: "I just want to make you happy." At that point, she just gives up.
Elliot's patient Sean: "Wow, you're my doctor. I have something for you in my pants. No! Nonono! I'm not wearing any pants right now. My pants are over there and there's a note from my GP in the pocket. If you need me, I'll be under here. *hides under sheet*"
Though not necessarily "innocuous", J.D.'s conversation with the Janitor after seeing him naked took a spin into the Entendre Zone:
That one's more the Ho Yay (because it's Scrubs) version of Accidental Pervert. (Well, if it weren't J.D. having to pee.)
Arrested Development: Almost all of Tobias Fünke's lines fall under this trope. ALMOST ALL. Not only does Tobias phrase things horribly, he constantly finds himself in ambiguously-homosexual scenarios, seemingly oblivious of his consistent, perhaps subconscious involvement in them.
When Michael plays matchmaker, Tobias says:
Tobias: Michael, you really are quite the cupid. You can zink your arrow into my buttocks any time.
After painting himself blue:
Tobias: I'm afraid I just blue myself.
Tobias' errors are not always spoken, but sometimes written.
Tobias: I was a professional twice over — an analyst and a therapist. The world's first analrapist. Lindsay: Yes, and you were almost arrested for those business cards.
Tobias wants to be cast as a leading male role in a major film. So naturally, he says:
Tobias: Ooh, I can taste those meaty, leading man parts in my mouth!
Tobias agrees to be a wing man by helping pick up chicks. And he'll do it! Even if he ends up with a fat girl. So he says:
Tobias: Even if it means me taking a chubby, I will suck it up.
Some of his lines are so bad, they don't even work as a double entendre. Perhaps most baffling:
Tobias: I wouldn't mind kissing that man between the cheeks, so to speak.
When pretending to be a British nanny serving breakfast:
Tobias:(as Mrs. Featherbottom) Who'd like a banger in the mouth? Oh, I forgot, here in the States you call it a sausage in the mouth! Michael: We just call it a sausage.
An excerpt from Tobias' self-help book, The Man Inside Me, which was notably popular in the gay community:
There's a man, deep inside me, and only when he's finally out can I walk free of pain.
At Michael's suggestion, Tobias records his comments for a day with a tape recorder and replays them, finally realizing there is something wrong with his phrasing. His acknowledgement?
Tobias: Oh, Tobias. You blowhard!
In an episode of Seinfeld, Jerry's asking his girlfriend (a deaf lip-reader) what time she wants to arrive at a party:
Jerry: What about six? Six is good. You got a problem with six? (Jerry's girlfriend looks horrified and runs out)
Maj. Carter: A strong enough EM pulse can knock out most electronic-based technologies. It would be harmless to us, but it should render Urgo impotent. Urgo: Could you, uh... rephrase that?
Better one in "New Order, Part 2" The team is discussing whether or not Jack should become commander of the SGC.
Carter: If you don't take the job, we could end up with someone much worse. [the rest of SG-1 stares at her] Carter: Okay, that didn't come out right.
Carter is just good at these. There's one in season 6's "Forsaken":
Corso: Amazing. For a supposedly less advanced human you're pretty comfortable with our technology. Carter: Well, you're in luck. I have a little more experience with this sort of thing than most people on my planet. Besides, all we're really doing is plugging your ship into my battery. Corso: Whatever you say. Carter: ... That didn't sound very good, did it?
Rodney is attracted to a female scientist on the world Taranis and comes up with the following. He doesn't say the trope-namer, but realizes it and then digs himself deeper.
Norina: Perhaps one day I could study under you. McKay: Uh, yes, well, I really... um, really look forward to that. But first, we need to, uh, get off. Uh, first we need to get off the planet ... first we need to get off the planet, and then you can be under me.
It is best seen in the "Women's Appreciation" episode after Phyllis gets flashed in the parking lot:
Pam: I don't often miss Roy, but I can tell you one thing: I wish someone had flashed me when I was with Roy. Because that would've been the ass-kicking of the year. Especially if it'd been Jim. He would not have wanted to me to have seen Jim's... (pause) I'm— I am saying a lot of things.
When Toby (Michael's archrival) shows up late to find Michael mocking the incident by sticking his finger through his fly.
Toby: I don't think this is an appropriate response. Michael: Speaking of that, where were you this morning, anyway? Toby:(getting annoyed and walking off) I was taking my daughter to school. Michael: Sure... Let's see your penis! (beat) You know, even as I was saying it...
From the "Bachelor Party" episode
Michael: Sort of a guys' night out. A 'G.N.O.', if you will. A 'G.N.O.'... Actually, it's more of a guys' afternoon in. A 'G.A.I.'... A gay. Not... no... it's a... not a gai, it's a... It's a bridal shower for guys. A guy shower. A hour-long shower with guys.
The Hollywood Squares had an infamous cut section when John Davidson (who tried to keep up a clean-cut pretty boy image) got this question: "What do Japanese Women Shave after they marry?" The other panelists, who are known for raunchier jokes, were howling as the poor man is obviously trying to come up with an answer:
John: Well, on the whole of the matter... (cue a priceless expression when he realized what he just said)
Adding to the humor is that the worst offender is the sober, serious-minded James May, who often realizes his mistake a few seconds later, tries nobly to continue with a straight face, and then loses it shortly thereafter.
Happened to Richard Hammond when was riding a Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle:
Hammond: I'm now straddling my boyhood hero! (pause) No. Wait. That's not right. Between my legs... no, no...
One segment involving the gang trying to build a kit car has an entire scene full of this, though they don't realize it, while they're putting the brakes together. Gems include "I am now pumping", "I need more", and "Oh yeah, that's good, that's nice and hard." There is a brief shot of Hammond (who is pumping the brake pedal) mugging for the camera, however, suggesting he might have had an inkling...
Happens a few times in How I Met Your Mother, most notably when Barney's trying to train someone to be his wingman.
In "Okay Awesome", after Robin's overblown sense of worldliness lands her in trouble:
Robin: I get recognized once and I think I'm Julia Roberts! I'm not a VIP. I'm not even an IP. I'm just a lonely little P sitting in the gutter. Lily: Oh honey, I'd take a P in the gutter over Julia Roberts any day. (both of them realize what was just said, with priceless expressions)
A Will and Grace episode had friends of the title characters begging off from their usual game night due to Grace's overcompetitiveness.
Grace: Well, if no one wants to play with me, then I'm just going to go to my room and play with myself. (pause) By myself. I meant, by myself.
Sheriff Cobb:(hangs up the phone) That was Ned Carver. He claims aliens abducted some of his cattle again, so... Lupo: Tell him to call me when they move on to anal probes. (Cobb and Zoe stare) Lupo: Wait, um... that didn't come out right.
There was also a moment in an episode where Zane and Fargo are arguing about backdoor access to GD from the smart house's system. Jo gets sick of it:
Lupo: Boys, there's plenty of backdoor access for everyone! (pause) That didn't come out right.
In another episode, Carter is talking to Zoe's best friend Pillar about the surprise party they're planning. Allison teases him for it.
Allison: Oh, me? I thought you were into young brunettes? Carter: No, no, I'm into old brun... (trails off uncertainly) Allison: Didn't come out right, did it?
Mulder: It's not a bad piece of ash, huh? (Scully gives him a look) Mulder: The bat... I'm talking about the bat.
And in "Monday", after Mulder's waterbed sprung a leak.
Mulder: I woke up, I opened my eyes, I was soaking wet... (on another look from Scully) Mulder: It's a long story.
And in "Empedocles", though that was Mulder taking something dirty from nothing. Mulder arrives at Scully's apartment, and is a little miffed that she was expecting someone else.
Scully: I was just about to hop in the shower, but I was waiting for the pizza man. Mulder: You got something going on with the pizza man I should know about? Scully: The pizza man? Mulder: Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but you did just say you were waiting for the pizza man to hop in the shower.
Season 2's finale, "Twilight": Tony is still not 100% after his brush with plague in the previous episode.
Kate: Damnit, Tony. I should just take you home and get you into bed. (Ducky and Tony look at her) Okay, that didn't come out like it was supposed to. (cue big grin from Tony, until Kate elbows him in the chest)
Also the scene where Gibbs catches McGee underneath Abby's table (while she's sitting in it) rewiring her hotbox note Oh is that what they're calling it now?. McGee's attempts to explain what he's doing to a tech-ignorant Gibbs on full Death Glare sounds like a Freudian Slippery Slope version of this trope.
And Ducky in Season 4's "Dead and Unburied", talking about finding footprints on carpets:
Ducky: It looks like Sisal. It's a naturally stiff fiber woven from the leaf of the cactus plant. It doesn't mat, trap dust, or build static. It's ideal for carpeting, but personally, I prefer a good shag. (awkward silence) From a criminal investigative standpoint...
QI saw Doon Mackichan manage a visual version of this, attempting to mime a Deep-Fried Curly Wurly.
Also happened verbally when the discussion had turned to the preferred synonym for "breasts". Straight Gay Stephen Fry proclaimed "I like 'titties'" and spent the rest of the episode living it down.
In the first episode of Sleuth 101 one of the female suspects, while attempting to explain that she spent her nights alone cleaning, says:
"It's just me and the Dustbuster. (pause) That came out wrong."
Castle: I'm rubbing off on you. (beat) That sounded dirtier than I intended.
Later, one that wasn't dirty, merely accidentally insulting:
Alexis: I'm a rat killer! Castle: You don't know that! You may just be a loser! (beat) A... rat-loser... This did not come out right.
"Overkill" has a nice one, undermining Castle's manliness. After he scored free samples of an expensive shaving cream for Ryan and Esposito, Beckett compares them to Charlotte and Miranda.
Castle: Wait a minute, that would make me Carrie. Beckett:You're so metrosexual for even knowing that! Castle: I only watched that show out of the corner of my eye when my mother had it on! (realises) Castle: That so did not come out right.
While investigating the murder of a stripper:
Castle: Are we going to pump Von Manschaft until he pops? (off everybody's vaguely incredulous expressions)
Breaking into the back of a van where a robber is cutting a safe open with a rotary saw:
Beckett: Let go of your tool now! (Ryan and Esposito start sniggering.) Beckett: Shut up.
In the Clip Show episode Still, Castle reminisces to Beckett about all the times she's said dirty things to him, including (while putting a cd into a cd-rom drive), "Please, let's just stick it in and get this over with". Cut back to the current time, her response: "That's not how I meant it. I can't help it if you get off by putting things in my mouth."
Particularly regarding Gus; in season 3, episode 6, "There Might Be Blood", Gus says, "I'm nobody's pawn, Shawn. I'm a queen!"
Episode 13 of the same season, "Any Given Friday Night At 10PM, 9PM Central" (Yes, that is actually what the episode is called), has this exchange when they meet a football coach, a childhood hero of theirs from when he was a QB:
Gus: (to Coach Winslow) I slept on your face for years! (Winslow and Shawn stare at him oddly) Gus: I mean, I had sheets with you on them when I was a kid.
And this exchange, from the same episode:
Gus:(walking with Shawn) Look, let me be very clear. These hands are not touching anyone. I only use these hands to touch myself. (They both stop walking almost immediately, followed by a Beat) Gus: Uh, let me rephrase that. Shawn: Please stop speaking.
Another one, from season five, episode thirteen, "We'd Like to Thank the Academy":
Lassiter: You can't beat me on the field so now you want to beat me off? Shawn: You may want to rephrase that, sir.
Lassiter, in Season 1's "Who You Gonna Call?" talking about the SBPD not having gala events: "We don't have balls."
Sweets: I've been mocked many, many times before. (beat) That... came out wrong.
Doctor Who, "The Vampires of Venice": Having burst abruptly into Rory's stag party, the Doctor informs Rory — in front of all his friends — that his fiance Amy tried to kiss him. Attempting to reassure the shocked Rory, the Doctor takes pains to stress that he's a lucky man, because she's a great kisser. One awkward, hostile silence later:
The Doctor: ... Funny how you can say something in your head and it sounds fine...
In "The Power of Three", Kate Stewart describes her efforts to rebuild UNIT with an emphasis on science;
"UNIT's been adapting. Well I dragged them along, kicking and screaming. Which made it sound like more fun than if actually was."
In Dads Army, Captain Mainwaring manages to get a block of rationed cheese as a surprise for his wife. However, when he telephones her with the good news, things don't quite go as he planned.
Captain Mainwaring: Yes, Elizabeth. I think I may have a little surprise for you tonight...
Emma: How would you like it if I drooled over you? (significant look from Mickey) Emma: Forget I asked that.
In the Quantum Leap episode "Dr. Ruth", the prudish Sam is incredibly uncomfortable when he leaps into the eponymous sex therapist and has to read some promos for her radio show:
Sam: Tomorrow on "Frank Talk About Sex", we're going to discuss some common male sexual dysfunctions, like prema-t-ture... Premature... Well, we're gonna discuss a lotta things that I'm sure will be very stimulating. (beat) Uh, uplifting. (beat) Interesting!!
It happened in That '70s Show when Eric and Donna where going to have a romantic dinner together.
Kitty: Oh, this is so cute! It'll be just like the little Play-Doh dinner you had when you were kids, except it won't end with Donna sitting on Eric's head! (everyone notices the innuendo and stares at Kitty; Red and Kitty leave)
Red: Kitty, that was just awful.
In another episode, the guys use spray paint to remove the "ler" from the word "muffler" wherever it appears on a muffler shop. Kitty is initially confused, but is noticeably angry when she finds out what "muff" means to them. (To her it always meant a furry tube for one's hands.) She loudly complains that she no longer feels comfortable keeping her lovely gray muff, which she used to wrap Eric in when he was a baby.
Debra: Really? You're gonna cook for me? Well, don't ever expect me to return the favor. Unless you're a fan of toast. Lundy: I would love to eat your toast. (they both laugh) Gosh, that sounded wrong.
Later, Dexter being willing to run a test off the record:
Dexter: Absolutely. If you need something under the table... I'm your guy. (beat) That didn't come out right.
Also, after Angel started a bar-brawl defending Marias honor. The line isn't too bad in and of itself, but given that Vince Masuka is the resident pervert, Le Guerta immediately takes it the wrong way.
Masuka:(to Le Guerta) With all due respect, this man is a knight in shining armor. You should be polishing his lance. Maria:Excuse me?! Masuka:(beat) I meant that... metaphorically, not... like it sounded.
Ryan:(listening to the ground) Buffalo come. (realization dawns, audience is already laughing) Colin: You really didn't have to put your ear in it.
From a Press Conference game (Colin is Batman coming out of the closet):
Ryan: How's the partner feel about this? Colin: Well, of course he's a little worried, because he depends on me for a lot of the income. But, ah... (audience laughs) I'm not sure, but I may want to rephrase that later. Yes? Brad: You might want to rephrase that now.
Daniel:(after spilling a drink on a girl's shirt)You should maybe take that off. Well, not... off... now. Uh, I didn't mean-I didn't mean it like that... um, ah, sor-forget it.
The Drew Carey Show, when Drew anticipates his revenge on some guys who put cigarettes in his beer:
Drew: We'll shove our butts in their mugs, see how they like the taste of that! Lewis: Uh... Drew... Drew: I know, I regretted it the minute I said it.
In another episode, Drew and the others end up going to the store after hours to look through Mimi's desk, as Drew believes she's up to something. Mr. Wick comes out of his office with a woman, causing the others to hide. Before leaving with the woman, Mr. Wick takes some candy from Drew's desk to share with her. After they leave, the others come out of hiding, and Drew loses his patience:
Drew: No one puts their hands in Drew Carey's drawers and pulls out his goodies! [Oswald and Lewis start giggling]
When Susan finds out that all of her friends want to see her sex-tape with Patrick.
Susan: What is it with you lot? Why do you all have this desperate desire to see me naked? Steve: Oh Susan, no one wants to see you naked. (beat) Okay, that came out wrong.
Steve does this at least as often as Jeff:
Susan: So nice to know that the first time we were intimate you were busy noticing all the little differences from perfect, freckle-free Jane. Steve: No! No! No, I hardly noticed any difference at all!
Cam: Why do you have to throw a wet blanket on my dreams? Mitchell: I do not. Cam: You do it all the time. And you know what I end up with? Wet dreams. I heard it as soon as I said it, just leave it alone.
In one Valentine's Day episode, Phil demonstrates his ability to tie a knot in a cherry stem with his tongue. He unfortunately follows it up by saying "I can tie any kind of knot. It's like I've got a sailor in my mouth".
In fact, Phil makes such a habit of this that after another one in "Yard Sale" ("I've had bigger hogs than this between my legs"), Jay remarks "He really oughta run things through his head first".
In the Becker episode where he is Mistaken for Racist, he confronts the journalist who libeled him. "I have strong opinions, but none of them are racially motivated! Everything I say is motivated by stupidity!" Beat "You know what I meant!"
Rick provides a dramatic version of one of these when he tells Shane that he wouldn't understand his plan to go to CDC because Lori and Carl aren't his family, when it was Shane that took care of them while he was gone.
An unintentional Crowning Moment of Funny occurred on The Gruen Transfer during a discussion of an ad for women's razors. A female panelist commented that the majority of young males had never seen female pubic hair. Russel then remarked "Except for their mother's". As the rest of the panel collapsed in a mix of shock, disbelief and hilarity, Russel hurriedly tried to explain that he had meant when they were born, but the explanation was lost under the hysterical laughter.
Hardwicke:(to Stabler) I'm a big fan of your unit. Stabler:(bemused stare) Uh... Hardwicke: That's not what I meant.
On The Ultimate Fighter reality show, UFC President Dana White considers kicking an unruly fighter off the show. But as he stands before all of the fighters, he reconsiders and decides the unruly fighter, Junie, should fight and lose, leaving the show that way. He says, "This isn't fucking Survivor. You don't fucking vote him off. Let's fucking BEAT HIM OFF. [pause] That didn't sound good, did it?"
Veronica: I need you to get me into a restricted website.
Mac: What's it for?
Veronica: It's a Neptune High gay chatroom.
Mac: Veronica, you're not...
Veronica: No, I'm just curious. (There's a beat as Veronica realizes what she's said.) ...Curious as to what's posted on the website, more accurately.
Felicity from Arrow is a fountain of these. For example:
Her very first appearance in the series gives us this gem of a conversation:
Oliver: "Felicity Smoak? Hi, I'm Oliver Queen."
Felicity: "Of course. I know who you are, you're Mr. Queen."
Oliver: "No, Mr. Queen was my father."
Felicity: "Right, but he's dead....I mean, he drowned but you didn't. Which means you can come down to the IT department and listen to me babble. Which will end in 3...2...1."
(about to show her boss something not visible under normal light) "It needs to be dark in here if we're gonna do this. (beat). If I had more time to think of that sentence it wouldn't have sounded so dirty."
(Oliver is using a valuable piece of his family's jewelry as bait to catch a jewel thief) "Have you given any thought to what might happen if this doesn't work and the Dodger absconds with your family jewels? (beat) Sorry, that came out...very wrong."
(speaking with Oliver over an earpiece) "It feels really good having you inside me. (beat) And by you I mean your voice. (beat). And by me I mean my ear. I'm going to stop talking right now."
"The last time the vigilante paid your mom a visit, you got shot and I got to play doctor with you! (beat) Why does my brain think of weird ways to say things?"
In The King of Queens, Doug and Carrie are staying in a hotel and play-fighting over the mini-bar key:
Carrie: Now why don't you come over here and give me your mini-bar key?
Carrie: ...Sorry, I meant that cute but it came out hurtful.
Col. Potter is told that the nurses have a problem with the men using up all the hot water for the showers and leaving the place messy. His response? "As soon as I can, I'll look into the nurses' showers...so to speak."
John Cena: So now it's, you beat me, you beat me? Guess what, I beat YOU (points to Shawn) I beat YOU (points to Triple H) We all beat each other, we beat each other all the time! (camera shifts to the Bella Twins nearby, who walk away while smirking) John Cena: That... that didn't come out right! Shawn Michaels: Way to go!
Gotta keep a link with your tradition Gotta learn to trust your intuition While you re-establish your position So that you can be on exhibit... [Beat] So that your work can be on exhibition!
Invoked verbatim in Samuel D. Hunter's play The Whale: "There are other people, people like Charlie, for whom this amazing plan doesn't fit. You can't fit a round peg in a square hole, and you certainly can't fit a morbidly obese gay peg in a Mormon hole... that came out wrong."
Ezio: May I come up? Girl: Fine. But only for a minute. Ezio: A minute is all that I'll need... Girl: Indeed... Ezio: Wait... that came out wrong.
Persona 3 has an early scene between the main character, Yukari and Junpei, the day after the hero stumbled upon Yukari armed with her evoker during the Dark Hour and she asked him not to tell anyone about it. Junpei's heard that the hero and Yukari walked to school together that morning and playfully asks if there's anything going on between them. Yukari brushes him off as reading too much into things, then immediately checks to make sure the main character hasn't told anybody "about last night". Cue Junpei's jaw dropping open, and Yukari freaking out as she realizes what he thinks she means.
Mass Effect 2 has a memorable example from Garrus Vakarian if you romance him as a female Shepard: "You know me. I always like to savor the last shot before popping the heat sink... wait. That metaphor just went somewhere horrible."
The original has one from Liara: "I just think you'd be a fascinating subject for an in-depth study. ...No, no, that's even worse!"
Also from BioWare, Dragon Age: Origins has awkward, virginal Alistair agree to sex with a female Warden romancing him thus, if she initiates it: "I don't know, I'm willing to give it a shot, if you are." The Warden can lampshade this unintentional bad choice of phrasing nastily with "'Give it a shot'? You weren't joking about the idiot part" - but Alistair will be very hurt and dump her if you do this.
Sagi: I'll... get wood. (beat) At the tree! Tree wood!
In Pokemon Platinum, the rival drags you off to Lake Verity to find the legendary Pokemon Mesprit for Professor Rowan, as thanks for giving you starter Pokémon. However, he suddenly stops and exclaims that you don't have any balls... and immediately has to clarify that he meant Poké Balls. Yes, they got a "balls" joke into a Pokémon game.
In the Buffy the Vampire SlayerLicensed Game, Buffy suggests to the Scoobies that "while everyone bones up on sigils and resurrection, [she'll] head over to the mansion and bone up on Angel."
Anarchy Reigns: The Baron challenges Sasha to a fight. Jack asks if he has the endurance, and the Baron shouts that "I'll be done in thirty seconds!" Then it hits him.
"Wait a minute... Motherfucker!"
In Fire Emblem Awakening, Sully accidentally tells Gregor in their C-rank Support Conversation that "I'll put you on the table!" She then pauses and adds "never mind" after realizing what she just said.
In the 4th game: "Okay Justice, time to take advantage of her... I mean of her mistake."
The first game also has one in the second case. "I'll get to this woman's bottom! Wait... I mean... you know what I mean."
The 3rd case of the 2nd game has Phoenix being rather impressed by Max's 'ample bust'. The statue kind, not that one...
Kyousuke from Little Busters has a few of these, mostly involving veryHo Yay-ish comments to Riki made without him realising it. For example, when Riki is moaning about how having 'indecent' thoughts about Kyousuke is desecrating their friendship and Kyousuke suddenly says 'Riki, wanna do it with me?' ...in reference to playing tabletop baseball. Or when he ends up in a very touchy position with Riki, making it look like they're almost kissing, and when Mio notices, asking her if she wants to join...because he has an announcement to make and wants to know if she'll listen as well.
Agatha: We're just going to kill you, and then you'll be fine!
Venus Envy: Larson discovers there is no hot water in the boys' showers and tries to sneak into the girls' showers, thinking they're empty. Lisa finds him and starts screaming at him. He responds with "Oh, like I've never been in a girls' locker room before!" Lisa, who does not know that Larson is in fact a female-to-male Transsexual, interprets this the obvious way and slaps him.
Tarquin: I'll see what I can do about getting us playing on the same team. The same army team. Not the, you know, "other team" team. Like I said, I could use more men like you under me... and I realize that maybe that wasn't the best turn of phrase, either.
Black can do things that people think of as good, just as White can do things that people think of as evil. (If you don’t understand that I’m talking about Magic The Gathering's color pie, this reads poorly.)
Homestuck has a conversation between Dave and Rose:
DAVE: ill be the ambassador to your mom DAVE: and no that wasn't actually meant as the sick burn it sounded like
TT: Mine and DS's. It's a joint proposal. I'm always authorized to speak on his behalf, because I'm basically fucking him.
TT: And try not to take those last four words as a clustered literal sentiment. That would be lame and unfunny.
Ass well as:
uu: THERE ARE ONLY A FEW MOVES LEFT.
uu: BEFORE I CAN MATE WITH HER.
uu: WAIT. FuCK. WHAT DID I SAY?
uu: I MEAN.
uu: BEFORE I CAN MATE HER.
uu: MATE. AS IN CHECK MATE. IT'S A FIGuRE OF GODDAMN SPEECH.
At one point, Dave asked to hang out with Rose later but she couldn't because she already had plans with Kanaya who is at this point her girlfriend. Dave, annoyed, tells her that then he'll just dream up his own John and have fun with him instead. Rose sniggers. Dave tells her to STFU.
Whateley Universe: In "Toni and the Tiger", Toni is sitting in class wearing her new mithril bracelet. Nikki, being a Sidhe, is entranced by it.
Mrs. Chulkris read off attendance, and began today's lesson, something about Ley Lines. I couldn't pay that much attention, because Nikki kept running her finger over my bracelet. Finally, I snatched my wrist away. Mrs. Chulkris stopped the lesson. "Is there a problem?" "Yeah! Nikki keeps fondling my bling-bling!" From the hoots of derision, I could tell that I could have phrased that better.
Happens very often to Marik in Marik Plays Bloodlines. They are usually accompanied by the sound of Bakura bursting into laughter in the background. Marik rarely gets it.
Marik: This isn't the first time I've shot in a guy's face! Bakura:(dies of laughter) Marik: You're awfully giggly today, Bakura...
One day, while presumably talking about guns (as he has made numerous references to Texans being allowed to carry concealed guns), Ghost said that "I always walk around here in Texas, with my strap on ... uhh well that didn't, that didn't really, that didn't really sound right." As opposed to a "strap-on" by any chance?
Amanda Waller: Bruce's DNA was easy enough to obtain. He left it all over town. (beat while Terry looks horrified) Amanda Waller: Not remotely what I meant. (cut to a shot of Batman being bandaged by a paramedic)
In the Kim Possible episode "Ill Suited", Ron steals Kim's battlesuit and uses it to cheat his way into the position of star quarterback of the football team out of fear that Kim would dump him for a jock (based in part on misunderstanding a conversation he overheard). This is revealed when Professor Dementor uses a remote device to take control of the suit, whilst Ron is still in it. He attempts to explain his position... poorly at first (whilst being controlled to fight Kim).
Kim: "You cheated your way onto the football team!"
Ron: "Yeah, but that was just a perk. I was really trying to cheat on you..." *notices Kim's angrier expression* "-For you! To win you!"
Carl The Evil Cockroach Wizard says that verbatim in an episode of Yin Yang Yo.
When Brian told Lois that a lovestruck Meg made him eat the hair from her pie (punch). But wait, Stewie had some too (punch).
Played with in another episode where Peter is teaching Meg how to find a boyfriend. Obviously referencing the idiom "Beating someone off with a stick", Peter says to Meg "Soon you'll be beating off guys with both hands". The audience 'waits for it' but, Peter being Peter, he doesn't catch onto what he said.
The same episode did a similar gag with Lois and Chris.
Lois: All right, now that we've practised kissing and cuddling, it's time to practice eating out... at a fancy restaurant!
In "Peter's Got Woods when Brian dates Meg's African-American teacher Shauna, and talk about her job at the school.
Brian: You know, I've always wondered why they named it after James Woods, you know? I mean, there's gotta be somebody more deserving. Like, just, you know, off the top of my head, uh, I don't know, Sidney Poitier, uh, Reggie Jackson, Martin Luther King, uh, you know, those are just three names that come to mind.
Shauna: Brian, that's a great idea! We should get them to rename the school after Dr. King. Brian: You like Dr. King? Because I love Dr. King. I love MLK, man. He's-he's my guy. He's-he's... I mean, I love all black people. You know, I mean, if I... if I could take all the black people in the world, and just, you know, just buy a farm somewhere and, and let them all... Uh, whoa, you know, what? That, uh, actually, that didn't really come out right.
South Park both subverts and plays straight. For example:
Cartman's mom:(ring up Kyle's mom) Uhm, Sheila? I'm sorry to trouble you with this but apparently your son has a picture of Eric with another boy's penis in his mouth. Kyle's mom:... ... excuse me?
Zuko: I want my father to not think I'm worthless. Iroh: I'm sure he doesn't! Why would he banish you if he didn't care? (Zuko shoots him an angry glare and walks off) Iroh: ... That came out wrong, didn't it?
The title character of Ruby Gloom, shortly before a major public appearance, gets what's supposed to be a motivational speech from her friend Misery:
Misery: Oh, yeah — don't worry about failing, even though you only have this one day to get it right and if you mess it up you'll never be invited back ever... that didn't come out right. See you there.
Mallory: You wanna play me hard? Sterling: Phrasing. Mallory: Well, then, you better nut up! Sterling: Phrasing! Mallory: Because I've swallowed just about all I'm going to take from you! Sterling: HEY! PHRASING!
In Mole Hunt:
Mallory: The thought of me dead gives you an erection!?
Archer: Just a half of one. The other half would have really missed you. [Beat] Eew.
Archer: What the hell smells like shrimp?
Cheryl: Just my sensual womanhood...oh, wait...eew.
One episode of American Dad! has Jeff running off to Burning Man with a brainwashed Francine. Stan suggests that he and his daughter Hayley should date to get back at Jeff/Francine.
Stan: Wait a minute... Daddy didn't think that through.
Stan is mistakenly arrested for domestic abuse and to get him out of it, Roger pins the blame on a Jerk Ass co-worker. The cops find Neo-Nazi paraphernalia in his car, and the guy points out that "this is America", so his freedom of speech is protected. However, the head detective is Jewish, and has the guy taken to his car, obviously to beat and/or kill him. As the cops drag him off, the Jerk Ass says "What is this, Nazi Germany?! ...Wait, that would be awesome!"
Inverted in a King of the Hill episode where Dale needs the help of a very attractive woman to exterminate a flock of pigeons that have infested the alley:
Dale: (in a very high voice) Dale Gribble, Dale's Dead Bug. (aside) Damn, did I say "Dale's Bug Dead"?! (resumes) Dale Gribble, Dale's Dead Bug.
A serious one occurs in "Homefront". Robin and Artemis are looking at the security footage to find out what ambushed their friends, only for all four cameras to be wiped out while recording the ambush.
Robin: That's it. All four are dead. (Artemis looks at him in horror) Robin:(hurriedly) The cameras. I meant the cameras.
A more humorous version happens in "Humanity".
Zatanna: Tornado never knew my moves! Robin: And I bet you've got some good ones! (beat) Robin: Whoa! Sorry, that may have come off a little too Wally. Zatanna: I don't mind.
A subversion in an episode of Sealab 2021. Marco leaves some tamales outside Quinn's door and tells Debbie that they should leave without bothering him because he'll probably be "busy with that hooker for awhile." Cue Debbie's outraged "WHAT?!? A HOOKER?!??" and several minutes of people going "Uh-oh!" Finally:
Debbie: I can’t believe he’s with a hooker! Marco: No, no! He’s watching TJ Hooker. Debbie: I thought you said he was with a hooker. Marco: No, he’s watching TJ Hooker. On television. Marco:(laughs) Debbie:(laughs) Marco:(laughs) Debbie:(laughs) Marco:(laughs) ... with a prostitute. Debbie: WHAT!?!
The Fairly OddParents two-part episode "School's Out: The Musical" has the Pixies persuading Flappy Bob into wishing for the world to be boring. Trying to stop them, Timmy tells Bob he knows the Pixies are the ones who gave him all he wanted and Timmy is the one who tore down his dream but Bob needs to listen to Timmy. Timmy then realizes his mistake.
In Shrek, the titular character briefly leaves Princess Fiona behind temporarily because he "has to save his ass." He was actually referring to Donkey (who is exactly what it says on the tin), but Fiona thought he meant he was going to abandon her, causing her to call him out for the action.
Marceline: Finn, you're like an ant to him. Finn: Oh, yeah? Well this ant's about to get in his pants! Marceline:... What. Finn (blushing): Well— you know! Because I'm going to make him uncomfortable while I release those souls!
Wow, all this time I thought you guys were like these amazing Xiaolin geniuses, but it turns out you're just as pathetic as me! (laughs) Wait, that didn't come out right.
This pastor's blooper reminds us all of the importance of good enunciation while preaching.
BBC Radio 4 has a reputation for being mealy-mouthed, which makes thisnote James Naughtie accidentally pronouncing Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's last name with a C rather amusing. Note also the "coughing fit" that follows.
British cricket commentator Brian Johnston was well known for generating highly quotable gaffes, including the often quoted "The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey".
His fit of giggles when co-commentator Jonathan Agnew's said "He just didn't quite get his leg over"note An old-fashioned English euphemism for sex when Ian Botham was given out after accidentally knocking over the wicket while batting, was voted the favourite moment of sports commentary by BBC Radio 5 listeners.
People with Asperger Syndrome. Because they are much more socially naďve than most people, they tend to fall into this while talking. It may take longer for them to realize it, too, because they often have trouble reading others' facial expressions—in fact, unless there's a more obvious cue (such as someone bursting out laughing), they may not realize their mistake at all, and even then they may not know what, exactly, the problem is.
It's possible to trip someone up in saying this or "putting words in their mouth" so to speak if they're not focusing on what you are saying: