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"Funny how you can say something in your head and it sounds fine..."
The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Vampires of Venice"
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A character says something innocuous, but it 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. Several tropes can be used as a result of the things that come out wrong. For example, if a character says something that unintentionally includes Ho Yay in it, then that character often gets Mistaken for Gay as a result.

A related phenomenon is this sequence:

  1. The inadvertent Double Entendre is said.
  2. The speaker moves on to something else, while everyone else is awkwardly silent.
  3. The person closest to the speaker says "Wait for it."
  4. Cue dawning realization and a flustered explanation from the speaker.
  5. The person or people spoken to show an odd reaction towards the speaker through responding either verbally or through body language after the words have been said. For example: Heh Heh, You Said "X".
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Verbal Backspace may be employed to select a more appropriate phrase. May degenerate into Digging Yourself Deeper or Freudian Slippery Slope. See also Freudian Slip, Open Mouth, Insert Foot, Lampshaded Double Entendre (which this is a subtrope of, specifically one where the same speaker is also doing the lampshading), and Ambiguous Syntax.

Compare Accidental Innuendo, where this isn't intentional on the writer's part. Related to It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time in a non-innuedo way, where an idea sounded good in your head but turns out to be terrible out loud.

Not to be confused with Came Back Wrong. Basically the verbal version of Not What It Looks Like.


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    Advertising 
  • Burger King did one that was not so much dirty as Squicky: "We don't just serve burgers, we serve people."
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • The people behind Corn Nuts really could have phrased this jingle better.
    • "It's not about anything else."? They knew exactly what they were saying.
  • Then there's the ad from Ortega taco sauce starring Olympic athletes. The only woman in the commercial delivers this gem:
    Shawn Johnson: Ortega taco sauce makes my taco pop!

    Anime & Manga 
  • 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...
  • The uncut English dub of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's sixth episode has Yoko doing a Foe-Tossing Charge to punch Kamina in the face because he got Distracted by the Sexy. He responds that there are some things a guy just has to see, to which she angrily yells that if he wanted to see it that badly, she can show them any time... then hurriedly tries to correct herself.
  • 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]
  • The Happy StrikerS parody Yonkoma released together with Chapter 0 of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force in NyanType magazine had this little gem.
    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.
  • Poor Poor Lips has Nako completely missing the subtext behind the head maid's comment on her sleeping with Ren and proceeding to give Ren a heart attack when she cheerfully announces to Ren that she'll "Attend to you all night if you want!!"
  • School Rumble when Harima accidentally told Tenma that he will take care of her sister Yakumo forever.
  • In Infinite Stratos, Ichika's sister tells his harem that she's not going to just hand him over to them, they'll need to get up to her level. It's only much later (during the OVA) that she realizes now they all think she's sexually interested in her little brother.
  • 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 × 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.
  • Aquarion Evol has a pretty hilarious example where Andy calls Mix aside with the excuse that he wants to ask her something. What he intends to ask is for her to let him fill the hole in her heart but after several minutes of struggling to actually say it to her face, he literally says "Let me fill your hole!" Mix is not amused.
  • Scrapped Princess: After capturing the Cassull siblings, Princess Seness challenges Shannon to a duel. When he asks why, she meant to say she wanted him for her army, since she knew he was a D-Knight. Except she didn't say it that way:
    Seness: [smug grin, while drawing her sword] I want you, Shannon Cassull, and I intend to have you.
    Raquel: [gasps and covers her mouth in alarm] My! How forward!
    Sness: [irate] Don't get the wrong idea! I only want you for my army!
  • After Morte rips her skirt in episode seven of Sands of Destruction, Kyrie suggests they visit the hot springs together, intending to mend her skirt while she bathes. Unfortunately, Morte keys in on the word together and isn't amused at the implications. Kyrie quickly backpedals.
  • In Unlimited Fafnir, Yuu is questioned about his first meeting with Iris. He summoned a wave of water to interrupt Iris's summoning after a Naked First Impression. But the way she describes it, it makes him sound like a pervert trying to rip her clothing off, which doesn't help his situation any.
  • Episode 14 of Toradora! involves a rumor that touching Taiga will bring you good luck/happiness. She spends most of the episode trying to avoid contact with people until she runs across her crush looking down and tells him "You can touch me as much as you want. Touch me lots and lots!" followed immediately by the realization of what that sounds like.

    Comedy 
  • During the Humourmoid tour, Ross Noble tells how he suffered several injuries as a result of running a half marathon without training first. The worst of these was chafing of his groin. As a result he was moving vey carefully to avoid further inflaming the area. However, when his legs locked up while he was trying to open his hotel room door, he found himself rocking back and forth with very suggestive hip thrusts and grunting uncontrollably. A female hotel employee saw and immediately started walking away. In a desperate attempt to explain, he blurted out "It's because of my testicles!".
  • Donald Glover had this moment when talking about Shaft in his special, "Weirdo"
    "It's not like I woke up in Shaft pajamas, ran downstairs, drank my cup of Shaft juice, turned on the TV, I just realized... Shaft juice sounds like semen. Wouldn't want to drink that."

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men example:
    Wolverine: No offense, but you trying to act... sexy... seems so wrong.
    Jubilee: Not thirteen anymore, Wolvie.
    Wolverine: I sort of wish you were. [pause] That... sounded bad.
    Jubilee: Awful.
  • Gotham Central:
    Crispus Allen: What's going on between you and Corrigan?
    Renee Montoya: I beg your pardon?
    Crispus: Not like that.
    Renee: Then like what?
  • In the erotic graphic novel Teach Me 3, Daphne is stunned by how much her 18-year-old nephew has grown up since the last she saw him.
    Daphne: Uncle Tim's away at a conference, so he won't be able to play with you in the pool... What am I saying? You're all grown up — you can play with yourself — err... on your own!
  • In Critter #14, School Girl is trapped atop a buoy by giant crustaceans. She screams:
    "Help! I've got crabs! I mean... Jeez. That's not what I mean."
  • In Hawkeye #15, Bobbi asks Clint about the strip club he busted up. He is surprised that she knows about that and attempts to defend himself:
    Clint: I wasn't there for the girls. I was there for the guys. No. Wait.
  • In Futures End: Batgirl #1, there is this exchange between Cassandra and Stephanie:
    Cassandra: You rely too much on your weapons.
    Stephanie: You haven't lived until you've covered two sketchy dudes in goop, Cass.
    [significant look from Cassandra]
    Stephanie: I know what I said, okay? Sheesh.
  • The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck has this infamous exchange in "The Prisoner of White Agony Creek", when Scrooge is escorting Goldie O'Gilt to his claim, which is hidden in a tunnel that passes between the legs of a frozen mammoth.
    Scrooge: Okay, let's get on with it. Between the legs!
    Goldie: I beg your pardon?!
    Scrooge: Er... the way to White Agony Creek is between the mammoth's legs! Get going!
  • Red Ears: Three women are discussing going down on their husbands, and two of them noticed something unusual, namely that their balls are cold. The third woman (who happens to be blonde whereas her two friends are brunettes) arrives with a black eye the next week. She explains that she went down on her husband, but then stopped to remark that his balls are warm, whereas those of the two other guys are cold.

    Comic Strips 
  • Roger in FoxTrot:
    Roger: I don't want some drop-dead gorgeous, hot-bodied wife!... [beat] ...I'm not helping myself, am I?
  • Knights of the Dinner Table: B.A.'s repeated use of the phrase "I've got wood for sheep" while playing a Bland-Name Product version of Settlers of Catan. He never works out why everyone else is cracking up.
  • Zits:
    • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Izuku says the day after he got a grasp on his Venom Strike and shocked Peter again, he tried it again and let the sparks fly... before admonishing the reader and saying that they know what he means.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Screw the Money, I Have Rules!!... Wait, let me try that again.
  • 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.
  • Ultra Fast Pony. After establishing that the zebras are subject to Fantastic Racism, Twilight tries to introduce herself to one of them:
    Twilight: Hey, Zecora. You wanna hang?
    [beat; Oh, Crap! expression on Twi's face]
    Twilight: Wow, that came out so wrong. I mean, do you wanna hang out?
  • 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.
  • Doing It Right This Time: When Misato and Asuka argue Shinji's shooting skills, this exchange happens:
    "The rookie did good," Misato declared. "In fact I think he did better than your first time, Asuka."
    "My first time was at the age of seven," Asuka retorted. "Besides, it's all just point and squirt; you'd expect a boy to be capable of that by his age." Then she thought about what she'd just said. "Ugh! Please don't ever quote that out of context. Or at all, in fact."
  • In a Teen Titans fan pic, Raven flubs about her skills with Beast Boy. Although, she might have meant it like that subconsciously.
  • In another Beast Boy/Raven example, Deadpan Love has Raven telling her teammates (after the two had their first date) that she's going to bed. Beast Boy saying "I'll join you" certainly didn't sound right in the context. Thankfully, Raven isn't too angry at the slip.
  • 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 Z 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!
    • During Popo's training session:
      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.
    • From a later episode, when the Ginyu Force arrives on Namek:
      Ginyu: Now, Jeice, we need to touch on Freeza's balls.
      Jeice: Uh, Captain...
      Ginyu: Yes, yes. Realized it the moment I said it.
    • With all the innuendo Cell spouts, it was inevitable he'd slip up sooner or later:
      Cell: I'm gonna need that time machine, so I can—
      Trunks: Go back in time and absorb the Cyborgs.
      Cell: So I can achieve my—
      Trunks: "Perfect" form.
      Cell: Okay, you suck! You're sucking all the fun out of this! I'm the only one who sucks around he... that came out wrong.
      Trunks: Nah, sounds right to me.
  • 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]
    Gordon: That's not what I meant!
  • Fever Dreams has poor drunk Matsuda...
    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.
  • From Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv):
  • Most of the dialogues of the Homestuck fancomic Alabaster: The Doomed Session are filled with innuendo, both intentional and completely accidental.
  • Naruto: Rend
    Naruto: Hey Ichigo. You got a minute.
    Ichigo: Naruto? What are you doing here? Shouldn't you be catching up with that woman? Whats her name... Hinata?
    Naruto: She's getting dinner with Nel. Besides, we're roommates so we'll have lots of time together.
    Ichigo: [raises eyebrow]
    Naruto: It's not like that!
  • In the A Certain Magical Index fic He Will Surely Save, while Kuroko is trying to explain how a wormhole works, she makes a ring with her thumb and forefinger, then sticks her other forefinger through it. Everybody is disgusted by what looks like a vulgar display.
  • RWBY: Reckoning gives us this gem:
    Prof. Kor: Darrel? Might I ask what you are doing out and about in the middle of the night?
    Darrel: Sorry, sir. I wanted to get out of the hospital so I could go and sleep with RWBY.
    Prof. Kor: [snickering] Darrel, I know you're a teenage male, but don't you think you're rushing it a bit?
    Darrel: [as he realizes how badly his response was constructed] OH GOD NO! That is not what I meant!
  • In this Touken Ranbu doujin, what Ishikirimaru and Nikkari think is Mikazuki and Juzumaru having sex is actually the former untangling the latter's hair from his own jacket zipper, with their overheard conversation being Accidental Innuendo.
  • Larissa and Sofia do this in chapter 7 ofThe Glaceon and the Shadow, when Sofia has just cleaned some blood away from Larissa's mouth that she got from biting the ear off Lubyanka and they start teasing each other about looking like vampires:
    Sofia If I was a vampire, I would have used my tongue to clean your face, not my hands. [beat] Hihi, er, n-not what I meant.
  • In The Bridge, Monster X attempts to steal Aria Blaze's magical necklace, called the Heart of a Siren. At one point, he says, "Surrender your heart to me, and I will keep it safe." Aria starts furiously blushing, while Monster X groans and says he was talking about the necklace.
  • Past Continuous: Said word-for-word by Eleya when her question of whether the Cardassian elements of the 77th Fleet would be participating comes out mouthier than she intended.
  • In Four Deadly Secrets, Weiss says it almost word for word.
    Weiss: Ha, it looks like a success from back here too. [beat] Oh god, that sounded completely wrong.
  • From Overlady: "Let's go take advantage of Jessica while she's hungover."note 
  • In the MLP fic Night Time for Spike, Spike decides to oil a squeaky window:
    He looked up and over at the kitchen window that had nearly foiled his escape from the library last night, narrowing his eyes once more. "Alright you noisy bitch, time to get oiled up." Pausing for a moment, Spike frowned. "... That... came out wrong."
  • Pony POV Series: When Princess Cadence's entourage arrives in the Cat Kingdom, they find it has no place for the airship to land, so they have to fly down themselves. The Pegasus members will carry the others, while Cadence offers to carry Twinkle Shine and Minuette in her arms and Shining Armor on her back. Shining doesn't think it's a good idea, but she assures she's strong enough and says, "Time to mount me Shining Armor." A second later, it sinks in and she says, "I walked into that one didn't I?"
  • In Fate Revelation Online Diabel spars with Shirou so the latter can make him a sword. When Diabel arrives to pick up the sword, Lisbeth, having recently had a discussion about a Diabel/Shirou pairing, completely misinterprets them discussing the spar.
    Shirou: It's ready. If you're prepared, I can give it to you now. [Lisbeth takes notice]
    Diabel: Thank you. But if you're so rough every time, then even if it's amazing, this will be the last time. [Lisbeth starts blushing]
    Shirou: Ah. I'm sorry, I just got excited.
    Diabel: [deciding to mess with Lisbeth] In that case, I look forward to receiving more form you in the future. But as it is, I am prepared for it right now.
    Shirou: [completely oblivious] Right.
    [Lisbeth panics]
  • When in Doubt, Obliviate: Gilderoy Lockhart makes a Freudian Slip while telling Harry (his adopted son) to stop calling him "Professor".
    Gilderoy: ...[Y]ou're hardly the first student to have a relationship with a professor outside of the classroom. [beat] I think that might have come out wrong.
  • In Choose Your Snake Barty Crouch Jr. comments on Voldemort's fixation on Harry.
    Barty: He'd like it if you were his follower but you'll never bow to him. It makes you interesting.
    Harry: Great. Either follow the madman and become his plaything or let him be my stalker and become his plaything. Either way I'm screwed.
    Barty: You know... your statement could be taken the wrong way.
  • Equestria Girls: Friendship Souls: While Shining Armor is training Twilight Sparkle, she complains that she's in pain. He says, "Your body will adapt, and it will get easier, but it always hurts the first time..." Twilight gets embarrassed as he realizes how dirty that sounded and says, "Yeesh, never thought I'd be saying stuff like that to my little sister."
  • The Miraculous Ladybug fic Tangled Up In You has this exchange, at a sleepover at Alya's house with Marinette, Adrien and Nino:
    Adrien: This is actually my first time having a sleepover with anyone other than Nino.
    Marinette: Yeah. I mean, I've had sleepovers with people besides Alya, but this is definitely my first time having one with guys.
    Adrien: Oh? I would've figured for sure that a popular girl like you had had sleepovers with just about everyone.
    [long beat as Marinette, well aware of Adrien's social cluelessness, tries to think of the best way to explain the implications of what he just said]
    Adrien: Umm, Mari? I didn't say anything weird did I? Sorry, it's just, you started blushing suddenly but I wasn't sure if it was something I said or not.
    Marinette: No, well, I mean yes, but it's okay. I figured you probably didn’t even realize what you said. [Adrien shakes his head. Marinette blushes again and continues trying to figure out how to explain this; she turns back to him and clears her throat] Okay, basically, boys and girls don't really have sleepovers together, except maybe sometimes when they're little kids. So, like, a boy and a girl having a sleepover at our age, for example, kind of implies that they’re doing something, if you catch my drift. [Adrien does not catch her drift; Marinette sighs, grabs his shoulders and looks him in the eyes] Listen carefully, because I'm sure I can only manage to say this once without combusting. When a boy and a girl have a sleepover, it’s usually because they want to have sex. So, what you said about me being popular and having sleepovers with everyone basically implies that you think that I—
    Adrien: [turns "what was probably a yet-undiscovered shade of red"] Oh my gosh I'm so, so sorry!
  • This Bites!:
    • When Cross learns Vice Admiral Jonathan conned Akainu, he cheerfully states he knows some people who'd love to hear that (MI4), only to realize his mistake when Jonathan suddenly becomes far more serious.
    • When Cross meets Eustass Kid:
    Kid: "I never thought I'd say this, but… Cross, do me."note 
    Cross: (awkward silence followed by pressing one of Killer's gauntlets to his throat) "Please. Just make it quick."
    Kid: "I MEANT TELL ME HOW YOU'D BEAT ME, YOU JACKASS!"
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: Trixie's first attempt with memory spells has her kissing Raindrops (with tongue), and when Raindrops understandably shoves her off and asks what the hay, Trixie explains that it was a memory spell (and the instructions apparently require the tongue) and that Raindrops stopped her before it got to "the good part". Embarrassment follows, especially since Cheerilee walks in and assumes something entirely different is going on.
  • In Pyrrha(c) Victory, during a game of Truth or Dare, Velvet dares Pyrrha to take a shower in the boys washroom, and Pyrrha asks Jaune to stand guard.
    Jaune: [to Ren, while getting changed out of his pajamas back in JNPR's room] I need to help Pyrrha with her shower.
    [Jaune leaves, then sticks his head back in]
    Jaune: That's not what it sounded like. I'll explain later.
  • A non-sexual version occurs in Secrets.
    Lucius: Are you also worried about becoming a Dark wizard?
    Harry: No, not really. I reckon I have the potential in me, literally, because of Voldemort's magic, but I'll never be a Dark wizard. I killed to save lives, not end them. That didn't come out right.
  • In Harry Potter and the Golden Ring Zatanna ends Harry's wandless magic training by snapping his wand and stating it represents the boy he was and not the man he is, then offers him the pieces.
    Harry: Keep them. Reminders of the boy you made a man. That didn't sound anywhere near that bad in my head.
    Zatanna: Usually doesn't.
  • TLK:
    Luna: Friends share with each other; the good and the bad. My first kiss was from a boy I really liked, just before the Yule Ball. I found out later that he only did it to win a five galleon bet. I heard him and his friends laughing about it afterwards.
    Harry: That's horrible. I can't believe someone would do that to you. You're a wonderful person. You're smart, funny, wicked in a fight, pretty and worth a hell of a lot more than five galleons. That didn't come out right, I mean...
  • What Everyone Didn't Know:
    Fred: If the greasy git won't tell us we'll ask Sirius.
    George: Or Ron. Sirius had to have told Ron.
    Ron: Sorry George. He's not as easy as we thought.
    Sirius: Hey, I'm plenty easy. (beat) That's not what I meant and you know it.
  • In Chapter 23 of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Ash is confronting the local Knight of Cerebus Belladonna (whom he has just learned might be his half-sister) and asks her about having a relationship with multiple people being illegal. Belladonna replies that she "[has] no use for the laws of man", then realizes that her comment might be taken for misandry, and quickly corrects herself, saying that she meant "the laws of humans".
  • Universe Falls: In "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons", Pearl is captured alongside Ford and Dipper. When Probabilitor announces his plan to eat his captives' brains and absorb their intelligence, Pearl tries to point out that she doesn't have a physical brain due to being a creature of Hard Light, but it comes out rather unflattering.
    Pearl: Even if your ridiculous plan succeeded, you’d only have two brains to snack on anyway since I’m a Gem. Which means I don’t have a brain. (beat) Wait, I didn't mean it like that!
    Probabilitor: Oh, believe me, I'm well aware of your relative brainlessness!
  • In Loxare Hinder, Red Hood wants to call the Flash in order for the speedster to come pick his daughter Irey who managed to get lost in Bludhaven.
    Flash: Yo! Wally here!
    Red Hood: I've got your daughter.
    Flash: WHAT?
    Red Hood: No! Wow, that did not come out right! Your daughter ran to Bludhaven and doesn't know how to get to whichever city you live in. Central? Keystone? One of those.
  • Roses in December:
    Madam Pomfrey: It is very important for the obliviated to have one person acting as an anchor for them and as Hermione is already responding to you, you are the chosen one. Sorry Harry, that didn't come out the way I intended.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness: This exchange takes place in the middle of a conversation that was going nowhere:
    Reisen: ...You could use some work on your metaphors.
    Patchouli: [aims her spellbook at Reisen] Mind your own business. This is between me and the rat, no-one else. Unless you like being rabbit stew, in which case feel free to fly between us.
    Reisen: I don't need to catch your eyes to be a distraction! ...Wait, that didn't come out right...
  • In Deception Harry demonstrates his ability to change into a floor lamp to Draco and McGonagall.
    Harry: You can even turn me on, oh, that didn't sound right, I meant you could turn the light on.
  • In Albus Dumbledore and the Harbinger of Magic Cedric apologizes to his fellow Triwizard Tournament competitors for being a poor sportsman during and after the First Task.
    Fleur: I got an extra point out of it, and you lost two points. For me, that is enough of a punishment.
    Sophithea: And I am going to spank your bottom in the next two tasks so hard that no one will remember the first task by the time I am done. That may not have come out like I intended.
  • A New Dawn: Allies:
    Harry: Well - my fantasies and plans aside, I would rather that, in a fight between me and Voldemort, I came out on top... [general chorus of "Eeeew"] Oh for a different phrasing.
  • Love and War has this in the Author's notes:
    Author's Notes: Also, regarding Achilles' weak point... would his heels be vulnerable to, say, splash damage from an explosion? If so, problem solved: all EMIYA needs to do is fire one of his Noble Phantasm arrows between Achilles' legs (not THAT way), and let a big bang do the rest... that came out wrong.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton (Danny Phantom, Western Animation, TV Series, and Comic Books.): Danny explains after Felicia Hardy kissed him that he wants more than just a pretty face who would do more than just kiss him. Felicia thinks he means something else and gives him a dirty look. He clarifies he meant someone he can get along with.
  • Harry Potter: The Prince of Atlantis:
    Arthur: Mera tells me your magic is progressing quite well. And Tula is more than impressed with your growing skill in close quarters combat.
    Harry: Really? Because Tula seems to enjoy getting me on my back. That came out wrong.
  • A Possible Encounter for a Phantom: Drakken questions why Kim would want to possibly go on a date with Danny Fenton, who is 2 years younger than her. Shego think he might grow up to be a stud, causing Drakken to question the meaning of her words, but she quickly states that's not what she meant.
  • In Do You Believe In Fairies?, Evelyn asks Toby if he wants to "watch Netflix and chill". When he starts blushing, she rethinks her wording and understands what she accidentally said.
  • No Longer Alone:
    Tonks: Mum, let me tell the story!
    Andromeda: Then tell your story, but don't go onto tangents which make me want a cocktail on a Sunday afternoon.
    Tonks: Wait, so if I keep talking about cocktails, will you make us some? Because you make the best Sex on the Beach I know - Wait, that sounds wrong.

    Films — Animation 
  • Cars has this gem.
    Sally: Flo, what do you have at your store?
    Flo: I have gas. Lots of gas! (cue snickers)
  • Near the end of Monsters University, when Don announces he's marrying Squishy's mom.
    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.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman features this gem.
    Mr. Peabody: I've got to stop Sherman from touching himself!
    [cue dropped jaws around the room, followed by Mrs. Grunion furiously scribbling notes]
  • A non-sexual variation occurs in Aladdin:
    Iago: Wait a minute, wait a minute, Jafar! What if you were the chump husband?
    Jafar: What?!
    Iago:: Okay... Okay, you marry the Princess, all right?! And then, then you become the Sultan!
  • Uttered verbatim by Manny at an awkward moment with Ellie in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.
    Manny: Ellie, do you realize that now we have a chance to save our species?
    Ellie: Really? How are we gonna do that?
    Manny: Well, you know...
    Ellie: Did you just...? I'm not a mammoth for five minutes and you're hitting on me?
    Manny: I wasn't saying... Not right now. In time. I was just saying that it's our responsibility.
    Ellie: WHAT?
    Manny: All right, that came out wrong.
  • In Shrek, the title 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.
    Fiona: What kind of knight are you?!
    Shrek: One of a kind.
  • The 2005 film of The Magic Roundabout has this exchange.
    Brian: Dougal.
    Dougal: Yeah?
    Brian: You mustn't feel guilty just because it's all your fault.
    Dougal: ME?
    Brian: Oh, sorry, that didn't come out right.
  • In The Lion King (2019), Simba accidentally scares a topi antelope while pouncing on a butterfly. The topi sees that it's Simba and is relieved that it's him and not "a real lion". He realizes his mistake and tries to fix it, but all he can muster in the end is "Yeah, I gotta go" before leaving.

    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.
  • Grosse Pointe Blank:
    Debi: You're a psychopath.
    Martin: No, no. Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for money. It's a job... That didn't sound right.
  • The ending to How to Be Single has a very awkward Les Yay moment between Alice and Robin.
    Alice: I know I can unzip my dress, but I want you to do it for me (Robin gives a weird look) That sounded really weird. I want you to watch me unzip my dress (Robin still has a weird look) That sounded very sexual. That's not what I meant
  • Subverted in the RiffTrax for The Return of the King, during the battle of Gondor. Apparently that came out exactly right:
    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?
  • In Transformers, Sam has a Freudian Slip and blurts out to Michaela:
    Sam Witwicky: I was wondering if... if I could ride you home... I, I mean if I could give you a ride home.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • 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 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 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.
    Harry: [snicker]
    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 Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes (2009), Irene Adler leaves Holmes chained naked to a bed with a pillow covering both his privates and the key to the chains. Holmes's efforts to persuade the chambermaid to help him could have been worded better:
    Sherlock Holmes: Madam, I need you to remain calm and trust me; I'm a professional. But beneath this pillow lies the key to my release.
  • In School of Rock, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) has just been exposed as a fake substitute teacher during parent's night. He tries to reassure the shocked parents with this line.
    Dewey: I have been touched by your kids. And I'm pretty sure I've touched them!
  • In X-Men: First Class, the loud-and-clear message of Xavier's Oh, Crap! face after he says "they were just following orders." Played for Drama, as it was Magneto, someone who has been "at the mercy of men just following orders before", that heard him. Needless to say, he wasn't happy.
  • The Art of War (2000):
    • The Action Survivor is getting annoyed at Neil Shaw when he starts giving her orders after virtually kidnapping her.
      Julia Fang: It must be nice to assume that I will bend over for you whenever you please. [Neil Shaw starts to speak] It's bend over backwards, I know!
    • Averted when Neil Shaw later tells her to strip (because he thinks a tracking device has been planted on her). When she objects, he just shouts her down rather than doing a Verbal Backspace.
  • Shaun of the Dead: The group is hiding in a pub from the zombies, trying to be as quiet as possible, when the jukebox suddenly starts playing "Don't Stop Me Now":
    Shaun: David, kill the Queen!
    David: What.
    Shaun: The jukebox!
  • Martha says this in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle when she gets in an argument with her gym teacher about how pointless gym class is. At the end of the argument she says "Who wants to spend their time acting like a gym teacher?" before she remembers who she is talking to. The next we see her is in the principal's office.

    Literature 
  • Courtesy of Clockpunk from "Clockpunk and the Vitalizer":
    Clockpunk: Dr. Awesome seriously has to give me more to work with, lest this... this ne'er-do-well pound me into the concrete.
    Hm. Not the best choice of words.
  • Averted by Mustrum Ridcully of Discworld: he's blissfully unaware of saying anything wrong about the University's mighty organ, which is a Johnson (that is, the University's giant pipe organ was made by Bergholt Stuttgart "Bloody Stupid" Johnson), and nobody wants to correct him as this would only lead to further embarrassment.
  • 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.
  • In Heart In Hand, this conversation happens after Alex agrees to let the producers of his reality TV hockey show with Darryl pay for their plane trips and jokingly dubs it a "booty call":
    Darryl: Look, aren't you going to feel guilty if a tv network ends up paying for - for booty calls, as you said? I still can't believe you said that, by the way!
    Alex: Wait, is that trick question or something? First, nobody take what I say seriously, Darryl, and two, why feel guilty? I mean, yes, is definitely going to be booty call, but they also gonna film us!
    [beat]
    Alex: Er, I didn't mean like that.
  • In The Heroes of Olympus, this is said word for word when Annabeth says she'll "flash" Leo to get his attention.

    Pinballs 
  • Narrowly averted with Stern Pinball's Mustang; the Spelling Bonus drop targets for G-E-A-R-S were originally supposed to spell S-H-I-F-T, until someone noticed what would be written if someone knocked down the letter "F"...

    Podcasts 
  • A discussion of the novelization of the Doctor Who story "The Aztecs" on the Doctor Who Target Book Club Podcast about a possible reference to Jesus goes over one panelist's head, despite the character in the book being crucified, leading the host to say, "But that's just it... that kinda nails it down..." before falling apart in a fit of giggles.

    Pro Wrestling 

    Roleplay 
  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • Ciro tries to advise Michal on controlling his superpower, only to realise with embarrassment that his advice sounds like it's referring to something more salacious:
      Ciro: You just have to put up with it until you can get back to your room. Or sneak off somewhere private, like a toilet or something, and let it out...
    • Since Harriet has nowhere to stay for the night, Sebastian offers to shack her up in his house. His wording causes her to worry that he'll do something 'strange' to her, much to the amusement of his friends.

    Theatre 
  • Noah Smith's stage version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
    • While providing medical care to Cybel, a prostitute, Jekyll tells her that she needs to be in bed, then quickly adds "And I mean resting."
    • Helen lowers her neckline to show Jekyll a birthmark and asks what he thinks; he responds "That's a very lovely neck" before verbally backspacing.
  • The song "Putting It Together" from Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George features this lyric:
    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."
  • Boston Marriage has subplots involving a fur muff that Claire received as a gift, and Anna's oven needing repairs that can't be carried out until replacement parts arrive, which combine to produce the moment when Anna's maid innocently declares, "While I was admiring your muff, your parts came."
  • Said pretty much verbatim by Warner in Legally Blonde during the breakup scene, when he accidentally implies he thinks Elle is tacky (it's unclear whether he actually thinks that, but he clearly didn't mean to say it).
    Warner: I'm gonna need somebody serious
    Less of a "Marilyn", more of a "Jackie"
    Serious
    Somebody classy but not too tacky —
    Elle: WHAT?
    Warner: Okay, that came out wrong...
  • In Holy Musical B@man!, while Green Lantern is having a conversation with Superman, GL reveals that he knows Superman's obvious secret identity. He then tries to make him feel better by saying, "Come on, nobody cares who Superman is."

    Video Games 
  • In Assassin's Creed II, Ezio says this towards the beginning when seducing a girl.
    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!"
    • And finally, in Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC, you may witness a non-romanced Garrus attempting to woo a female turian with: "There's this really big gun I'd like to show you." As in, the Normandy's main cannon.
  • 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.
    • In Inquisition, speaking with Sera about Blackwall will lead her to comment about getting to know him when he's off-duty; in her words, she'd like to "see him out of his armor. *Beat* Not like that!"
  • From Baten Kaitos: Origins:
    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.
    • Lillie from Pokémon Sun and Moon has an encounter with an Alolan Exeggutor, she comments how it's "grown a bit more vigorously than I'd prefer!" She then stops with a look of horror on her face as she realizes how bad that sounded.
  • From Golden Sun: Dark Dawn:
    Karis: ... So keep your Fireballs under control.
    Tyrell: I'm going to pretend I never heard that.
  • In Orcs Must Die! when you put a trap. The war mage says "This is gonna hurt me more than it hurts you. No wait, the other way around"
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Licensed 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.
  • Touhou: Story of Eastern Wonderland has Meira announce her intentions to "take the power of Hakurei". She means it as a challenge. Reimu takes it as a proposal. Hilarity Ensues.
  • King of Fighters XIII: seen in the press conference in the Kyokugen Team's ending, when a reporter asks Yuri to describe her ideal husband and she unintentionally implies that she wants to marry King. Watch it here.
    Yuri: (thinking aloud) Hmm... Let's see... That's a tough one... I think they would have to be someone who was nice and polite...
    Yuri: ("Aha!" pose) Oh, I know! Someone like King!
    (King dope slaps Yuri)
  • In the second episode of Telltale's Game of Thrones, one of Gared Tuttle's segments has Cotter, one of Gared's fellow Night's Watch initiates, saying that he was sent to the Wall because of "fuckin' potatoes". Gared can respond to that with "You fuck potatoes?", at which Cotter will get flustered and clarify that he meant that all he did was steal some potatoes.
  • This is the unfortunate reason why Schezo is mislabeled as a pervert in Puyo Puyo. When he says "I want you!" he usually means "I want your X!" He does correct himself at times, but Arle knows his inarticulate habits well enough to correct him too.
    Schezo: I want you to give me all of you!
    Arle: You know, it makes you sound like a pervert when you put it that way.
  • In Splatoon, the introduction of the Pirates vs. Ninjas themed Splatfest in the Americas had the following exchange between the Squid Sisters.
    Callie: It's time to swab the deck and plunder the booty!
    Marie: Whoa there, Callie. Let's keep it E for Everyone.
  • From Batman: Arkham Knight, courtesy of the Riddler.
    Riddler: You solved it? Ah, but this is merely check, Detective. Soon, I will be mating you! Wait, I meant chess. Chess, you base, gutter-minded savage!
  • At one point in Borderlands 2, you can get this conversation out of Moxxi:
    Hell, I'm all wet. I mean...I spilled a drink. Before you came in. Not because you tipped me. Good God, I'm not THAT easy.
  • Johnny Cage of Mortal Kombat fame has a tendency to hit on the ladies when he isn't trash-talking everyone in sight. In 11, he does this to Cassie, and immediately regrets it.
    Johnny: What's cookin', good-lookin'?
    Cassie: Ugh, NO! Seriously!?
    Johnny: ...wait, what?! Not what I meant!

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney
    • The first game 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...
    • In the fourth game: "Okay, Justice, time to take advantage of her... I mean, of her mistake".
  • Kyousuke from Little Busters! has a few of these, mostly involving very Ho 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.
  • War: 13th Day has it from the one you would least expect to hear it from in this hilarious scene:
    Ambrosia: Then, sleep with me.
    Arsenik: Sleep with you. Hmm...that’s a very tempting offer.
    Ambrosia: I-I meant beside me! There’s room, to be certain.
  • In Chapter 5 of Super Danganronpa 2, when the group is debating whether or not the victim would have died instantaneously from being impaled with a spear:
    Sonia: If you got penetrated by something so big and thick, you would die instantly!
    Kazuichi: ...I'm sorry...I didn't catch all that...
    Sonia: Like I said, if you got penetrated by something so big and thick, you would die instantly!
    Kazuichi (blushing): Ah, say it one more time...I need to record it...for reasons...

    Web Animation 
  • This exchange from Spriggs: a Halo 3 Machinima. Fortunately he manages to salvage the situation shortly afterwards:
    Triple M: [referring to General Vollin] Bitch.
    Meme: EXCUSE ME!?
    Triple M: No, not you, the other bitch... Oh, that came out wrong!
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "one step ahead", the "different direction" ending has Strong Bad glue Strong Sad's hands to his butt, leading to the following exchange.
      Homestar: Er, Strong Sad. Why are you touching your buttocks? That's pretty weird.
      Strong Sad: I can't help it!
      Homestar: Okay, that's really weird.
      Strong Sad: No, wait, you don't understand!
    • From Which 'Ween Costumes?, a short that appears to be a costume round-up from a Halloween toon, but was released around Decemberween:
      Strong Bad: I think we may have gotten our... "weens" crossed.
      Strong Sad: Can you please never say that again?
  • From "I Can Swing My Sword" by Tobuscus: "Swinging is my business — and by that I mean swinging swords..."
  • From Red vs. Blue:
    Tucker: I don't know what the technical military term is for it, but, uh, we're pretty fucked up down here. We need men!
    Vic: [pauses] Dude, how long have you guys been down there?
    Tucker: No, no, no, n-not like that! We need more men to help us.

    Tucker: I'm a lover, not a fighter!
    Church: Yeah, me too, Tucker. We're just a couple of lovers.
    Tucker: That sounded gay, dude.
    Church: Yeah, it kinda did...

    Tex: Alright screw it. You guys get behind me, and stay tight.
    Tucker: Bow Chika Bow Wow.
  • In the Zero Punctuation review of Catherine, Yahtzee concludes that the lesson to take away from the game is "men are all directionless tidal waves, and women are all dikes built in the path of their raging floods... Blimey, what a badly-worded metaphor."

    Web Comics 
  • Think Before You Think: In this comic, after Julia reveals that she's Going Commando, Brian says, "Hey, don't worry. I was bound to find out eventually," because he can read minds and he tends to know things.
  • The Order of the Stick has General Tarquin says the following (believing he's speaking to a gay man):
    Tarquin: I'll see what I can do about getting us playing on the same team. The army team. Not the, you know, "other team" team. Like I said, I could use more men like you under me... and now I realize that maybe that's not the best turn of phrase, either.
  • Tales from the Pit: Here.
    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:
    • 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
    • Additionally:
      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.
    • As well as:
      uu: THERE ARE ONLY A FEW MOVES LEFT.
      uu: BEFORE I CAN MATE WITH HER.
      TT: Whoa.
      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.
  • Schlock Mercenary does it all the time, often in the form of "-...word choice? -Word choice." after the speaker realizes how it sounds. As sure as the sunrise!
  • O Human Star. Oh, Al.
    Al: I'm not really the hot researcher on the robotics circuit you're confusing me for. I don't get calls. And the competition for your job wasn't exactly stiff.
    Brendan: I find that hard to believe.
    Al: [shocked silence]
  • At the end of Chapter 18 of Go Get a Roomie!, Lillian invites Roomie to sleep in her bed and Roomie promises to "be good in bed".
    Roomie: Sorry! Double meaning not meant! Joke! Hah!
  • Cucumber Quest:
    • When Princess Parfait is discussing her boyfriend, Sir Carrot:
      Knightmare Knight: The famous coward.
      Parfait: Ah, you've 'eard of him. I—I mean no!
    • And later, in a confrontation between Almond and Peridot:
      Peridot: So I'm not here for this thing... I'm here for you. [beat] I mean—
  • Kevin & Kell: Lindesfarne didn't mean that remark quite the way Rhonda took it.
  • Leif & Thorn has scenes where Thorn, speaking Sønska (not his first language), doesn't even know the line could be a double entendre until Leif (a native speaker) starts blushing.
    Thorn: So...When do you want to get off with me?
    Leif: ...
    Thorn: ...Should I double-check that I translated that idiom correctly?
    Leif: YES PLEASE
  • Synodic Reboot: The typo-prone Rennard in a conversation with Alethea.
    Rennard: i mean i cant figure out how to play it in my currentstate but im sure if its working for them they dlike to fucok on it
    Alethea: Excuse me what
    Rennard: *focus on it
    Rennard: im tyoping to fast
    Alethea: Maybe you should slow down a bit
  • Undead Friend: Mahalah is accidentaly goated into saying some innuendo but she doesn't realize it and nobody explains it to her so she remains confused by their reactions.

    Web Original 
  • Acts of Gord:
    Notes to self:
    Talking to a person about being into the hardcore gaming scene is completely different than talking to them about the hardcore anime scene. In future, I must find a new adjective.

    And do not, I repeat, do not say "if she is really into the hardcore anime scene, I can get import DVD's from Japan and Hong Kong" when I'm talking to a 14-year-old girl's mother.

    Further notation: Do not attempt to salvage this by then saying "I mean, I can get DVD's from Japan that you can't get here."

    Next time, say "really likes anime" and "can get DVD's not on sale here yet."
  • 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.
  • Cracked: The 8 Manliest Images on the Internet:
    Robert Brockway: Yes, here they are, eight prime examples of why I love men.... Wait, that came out wrong! Don't start the list ye—
  • Not Always Right:

    Web Videos 
  • Agents of Cracked:
    Dan: I like combining my man-parts with those of a child.
    Mandy: ...Huh?
    Dan: I... like combining my man parts with those of a child?
    [Mandy looks disgusted and leaves]
    Dan: Why did I say it twice?
  • The Nostalgia Critic does this in his Old vs. New for The Karate Kid with the line: "What's the better movie that everybody wax off to? That sounded really bad."
  • 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: Why are you in such a giggly mood, 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?
  • Jerma985:
    • From "Jersey Boys in Sentry Town":
      Jerma: [after he died anticipating STAR__ to tell his story] Yeah but I was paying attention to the notion that you were going to tell the story, that's it, as I was sitting there, whacking the gunnote  *STAR_ tried to stifles his laugh*
    • Lampshaded in 'The Lob Slobs', after Jerma talked with a weird voice and explained to STAR_ that he has to be 'in the mood' for the video and STAR_, Jerma then imitated a typical shipper's reaction in the comments section:
      Jerma: Hey, did you see that top comment? Jerma wants to be in the mood for STAR_ mwuh mwuh mwuh-
  • RebelTaxi:
    • Pan-Pizza did this when describing the lime Raven during his video on the Teen Titans episode "Nevermore" (which he considers to be Old Shame), and it was later recycled for his review of the show on YouTube.
      Pan: I wonder what else she can do with two fingers?
      [cue car brake sound, with Cyborg, Robin, Beast Boy & Raven looking shocked]
    • Pan brought up that Tara Strong, the voice of Raven, threatened to beat him up once. When Pan re-used the joke for his review of the series, he added one extra clip afterwards.
      Tara Strong: You all should be ashamed for watching this.
  • Happens to the main character of Brains Alison Sumner when discussing her dating problems: "Hi! I'm Alison, and altogether too many women survived the apocalypse. No, no, nonono!"
  • In Screen Junkies' "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Wedding Surprise!" video, Dwayne Johnson discusses his role to officiate Nick's wedding to his fiancee. What he said was:
    The Rock: Today I'm going to marry Nick Mundy! [beat] Let me clarify... to his fiancée.
  • In his video about Kido in Bleach, Tekking 101 talks about a Bakudo spell called the "Numbing Finger" and Urahara using it on Rukia. He corrects himself... by phrasing it even worse.
    Tekking101: So basically Urahara just like, taps Rukia and... that came out wrong, uh, Urahara FINGERS Rukia. Okay, that's better.
  • Honest Trailers: In the trailer for Zootopia, the narrator has several missteps when talking about the film's messages.
    Narrator: So settle in for a fantastically animated, well-told lesson about disproving stereotypes, even though the fox character really is sneaky, the weasels do cheat, and the sloths are slow. Oh, wait, no. Does this mean I'm racist? I owned a bunch of rabbits when I was a kid. I mean... No, they were mine, but not that I... You know, not like they're property or, uh... Look, I love rabbits, okay?! This... That came out all wrong! Go to starring! Go to starring!
    [...]
    Narrator: ...and Hot Fuzz. You get it? 'Cause she's a bunny cop, but she's hot, too. Wait, n—I can say that she's hot though, right? Dangit, am I a racist and a furry now?! Ugh, this movie is such a minefield.
  • Joueur du Grenier do this from time to time. For exemple in the TMNT special:
    JdG: Relatively speaking, the racism was okay... [beat] That's absolutely not what I meant.
  • Outside Xbox: On "Show of the Weekend" for 26 January 2019, Mike and Luke are talking about decluttering, and the idea that one should get rid of everythat does not "spark joy." Mike is not keen.
    Mike: Every single bit of my junk sparks joy.

    Western Animation 
  • Justice League Unlimited:
    [flashback shows a shot of the original Batman being bandaged by a paramedic as a technician collects a sample from a bloodstain]
    Amanda Waller: Bruce's DNA was easy enough to obtain. He left it all over town.
    [end flashback, Terry raises an eyebrow]
    Amanda Waller: Not remotely what I meant.
  • 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!
  • Owen of Total Drama has done this repeatedly.
    Owen: I'm glad we're in a separate cabin with just guys!... I mean, no! Not like that! I love the ladies. I just don't want to sleep with them. NO! Wait!
  • Family Guy:
    • 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 tries to be a kiss-ass to her.
      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.
    • In "He's Bla-ack!", Lois and Donna get into a fight, leading Lois to declare that the Griffins will have nothing to do with "that Brown family". Stewie reminds her that what she just said can sound really bad out of context.
  • 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?
  • Non-sexual example from Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    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?
  • Book Four of The Legend of Korra provides one of the few instances that this trope is Played for Drama.
    Korra: [to Katara] Of course I'm frustrated! A crazy man poisoned me, and now I can't dress myself, or cook for myself, or- or do anything for myself, and this whole time, my friends have been out helping the world while I'm stuck with you, and you can't even heal me! [beat] That came out wrong.
  • 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. It doesn't help that Misery gets so worked up over the speech that she's practically shouting by the end of it.
    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.
  • Archer:
    • Mallory Archer does this all the time.
      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.
    • "Diversity Hire":
      Archer: What the hell smells like shrimp?
      Cheryl: Just my sensual womanhood...oh, wait...eew.
  • American Dad!:
    • One episode 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 Jerkass 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 Jerkass says "What is this, Nazi Germany?! ...Wait, that would be awesome!"
    • Another episode has Stan forgetting about his and Francine's wedding anniversary and going on a company fishing trip with Bullock and his other co-workers. He tells them that he's happy to be away from the house because it's the anniversary of a huge fight they had (namely, last year's wedding anniversary where Francine beat the shit out of Stan because he forgot), and he even mentions why the fight took place, and then happily resumes fishing. His co-worker moves to tell him, but Bullock stops him, wanting to see if he'll figure it out on his own. When Stan finally screams in horrific, dawning comprehension, Bullock just smiles and says "There it is."
  • 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.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: In "Oh, You Animal", Bubbie attempts to explain about her and Flapjack:
    Bubbie: He doesn't live with me. He lives inside me. (pause) My mouth! He lives inside my mouth! (pause) That sounds weirder than it is.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) has Casey attempting to propose to April using a hockey analogy.
    Casey: April, I love you like... like Gretzky loves hockey, and I wanna play you for the rest of my life... Dah! I mean your life! I-I mean Gretzky's life! I mean—
  • Young Justice
    • 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.
  • Johnny Bravo: In the episode "Third Dork From The Sun", when Johnny inadvertently ends up on an alien game show, the bonus round is against an alien with a massive brain in a contest for absorbing thoughts. But when he tries it against Johnny, his head explodes.
    Johnny: Ha! Maybe next time you try to absorb a person's mind, you'll make sure he has one! Wait, that didn't come out right.
  • 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 T.J. 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.
  • Adventure Time: In "It Came from the Nightosphere" when Finn is about to face Marceline's demonic dad:
    Marceline: Finn, you're like an ant to him.
    Finn: Oh, yeah? Well this ant's about to get in his pants!
    Marceline: (raises an eyebrow) What?
    Finn (blushing): Well— you know! Because I'm going to make him uncomfortable while I release those souls!
  • Rallo can sense something wrong with Holt's rap on The Cleveland Show.
    Holt: I'm paying a young boy for sex!
    Rallo: Uh, I don't think...
  • Xiaolin Showdown: When Jack Spicer hears that the good guys don't have a plan:
    Jack Spicer: 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.
  • The Simpsons: In "Last Exit to Springfield," Mr. Burns tries to bribe Homer, who has recently become the union leader. It doesn't work out quite right due to his choice of words:
    Mr. Burns: We don't have to be adversaries, Homer. We both want a fair union contract.
    Homer: (thinking) Why is Mr. Burns being so nice to me?
    Mr. Burns: And if you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
    Homer: (thinking) Wait a minute. Is he coming on to me?
    Mr. Burns: I mean, if I should slip something into your pocket, what's the harm?
    Homer: (thinking) My God! He is coming on to me!
    Mr. Burns: After all, negotiations make strange bedfellows. (chuckles, then winks at Homer)
    Homer: (thinking) Aaaaagggh!!! (out loud) Sorry, Mr. Burns, but I don't go in for these backdoor shenanigans. Sure, I'm flattered, maybe even a little curious, but the answer is no!
  • Gravity Falls: In "Soos and the Real Girl", when Soos realizes his crazy virtual ex-girlfriend Giffany has followed him on his date with Melody, he excuses himself with "Could you sit tight? I have to go to the bathroom for a long time... not in a weird way!"
  • Rick and Morty: When Rick invents glasses that allow the wearer to view alternate realities, Beth and Jerry learn that their alternate lives where Summer was never born are far more glamorous and interesting than the ones where she was, including their current lives. When Summer expresses distress at the revelation, Beth explains that in the other lives "since you were never born, we [Beth and Jerry] were free to live our dreams. That sounded wrong, that sounded very wrong!".
  • In the Sonic Boom episode, "Blue With Envy", this exchange occurs between Swifty the Shrew and Tails when Sonic challenges the former to a race to see who's the fastest:
    Swifty: Man, can you believe that guy? What a lameoid!
    Tails: That lameoid is my best friend! That didn't come out right.
  • The pilot to Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends had a humorous scene where Duchess proposes to Mac's older brother Terrence that they work together, but Terrence is grossed out because he thinks she is coming on to him.
    Duchess: You and I should hook up!
    Terrence: Oh, man! I think I'm going to be sick!
  • The G.I. Joe: Renegades episode "Dreadnoks Rising" had the sheriff respond to a compliment from his crush by stating that she should see him out of uniform. He quickly realizes that his statement could be interpreted as saying that his crush should see him naked, so he tries to clarify he meant nothing lecherous by his statement before deciding to simply say "Forget it".
  • The Beetlejuice episode "Mom's Best Friend" had the Ghost With The Most turning into a dog but he can't revert back because of a restrictive collar around his neck. Sweet, innocent Lydia brandishes a pair of scissors and says "I know how to fix it. I'll cut it off!" B.J. shrieks in fright.
  • During a party to celebrate Team Voltron's first victory, Princess Allura tries to bond with Pidge, bringing up the fact that they've both lost their fathers to the Galra to presumably coax her into talking about being in the midst of a Sweet Polly Oliver. Pidge replies "Yeah but I'm going to get mine back." (which is true as her father is merely missing while Allura's has been dead for 1,000 years) before looking horrified.
  • The Super Hero Squad Show: In "The Ballard of Beta Ray Bill", Thor at one point declares that he will prove himself a true warrior by fighting naked. When bystanders are disgusted, he says he meant fight without weapons.
  • The Loud House: In the episode "Pipe Dreams", after Mr. Loud installs tons of security measures to keep the kids from entering the secret bathroom he and Mrs. Loud build for themselves, and also a mechanism to trap them inside if they do manage to get in, Mrs. Loud cheers "We'll catch them with their pants down". She then realizes how that can be interpreted considering it involves a bathroom, and quickly states it's just a metaphor.
  • Invader Zim: During the showdown with Tak in "Tak: The Hideous New Girl", Zim makes this witty remark when Tak loses control of her ship:
    Zim: You're a worse pilot than I am! (Beat) Wait a minute...

    Real Life 
  • Comedians Laurel and Hardy would create foreign language versions of their films by reshooting scenes while reading cue cards containing phonetic translations of their English scripts. When watching a film with a Spanish speaking audience, the duo was surprised when the audience burst out in laughter at what was supposed to be a mundane line. Stan Laurel inquired about it and was delighted to learn that an unintentional mispronunciation had transformed his line into a crude joke.
  • This pastor's blooper reminds us all of the importance of good enunciation while preaching.
    Preacher: Lot chose to go pinch his tits— excuse me... um, "pitch his tents" is what I said, and you heard nothing else here, this is Church! [laughter from the congregation]
  • BBC Radio 4 has a reputation for being mealy-mouthed, which makes thisnote  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  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.
  • iPhone's Autocorrection function can cause... amusing effects on your text messages. Android doesn't seem to do much better, though. There's an entire website dedicated to this.
  • People with Asperger Syndrome. Because they are much more socially naïve 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:
    Guy 1: Don't worry. I'm the man!
    Guy 2: You the man.
    Guy 1: I'm the man.
    Guy 2: You're a pedophile.
    Guy 1: TO THE CORE! (Beat) Wait, WHAT??!
  • There was one caused by badly translated supertitles during a performance of Tosca. Tosca ordered her lover to change the eyes of a Madonna he was painting from blue like his model's to dark like Tosca's. The supertitles translated the line as "Give her black eyes" and the audience burst out laughing. This caused the soprano playing Tosca to storm off the stage in rage.
  • During Rooster Teeth's RTX 2015 panel for RWBY, the creators were showing off some merchandise, ending with the reveal of the Volume 3 poster. Wanting to show the detail of the poster to the audience, Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross fight with the Windows Photos program they're using before Kerry finds the zoom option. Since the program zooms in on the center of whatever it looks like and the poster central figure is main heroine Ruby Rose, it unfortunately zooms in on her crotch and hips, sending Miles, Kerry and the audience into hysterics and Lindsay Jones, Ruby's voice actress, to admonish them before joking around herself.
  • Fox News: In this clip Megyn Kelly says that she and weather forecaster Janice Dean are sleeping together.
  • TV news reports, morning shows, etc can be prey to this, especially when the anchors try to improvise or banter. For example...
  • An urban legend tells of a woman pulled over for speeding. She offers to buy some tickets to the policeman's ball, but the cop responds with "Sorry ma'am, state policemen don't have balls." After realizing what he said, he tears up the ticket and walks away rather than have to face her in traffic court.

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