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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"

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. 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 realisation 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".

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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  • 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.

    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 
  • 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.
  • Roger in FoxTrot:
    Roger: I don't want some drop-dead gorgeous, hot-bodied wife!... [beat] ...I'm not helping myself, am I?

    Fan Works 
  • 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.
    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."
  • 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 while stating that 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.

    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:: OK... OK, 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: Alright, 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.

    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.
  • Peter Quill gives one in his rousing speech in Guardians of the Galaxy:
    Peter Quill: When I look around, you know what I see? Losers. [everyone looks at him] I mean like, folks who have lost stuff.
  • 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.

  • 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!
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the episode "Real Time" of Workaholics, the guys are searching for a ride to work. Blake spots some young teens (which Ders calls "future babes" cause they're gonna grow up to be hot) and plans to take the bikes to work. A rare example where the guy who first says something possibly sexual turns it around on the other guy.
    Blake: All I'm saying is, I wouldn't mind riding that Mongoose (Mongoose is the name of the bike brand)
    Ders: Come on dude she's like fifteen, tops!
    Blake: I'm talking about the bike ya sick...freak!
    Ders: I'm sorry, you know I'm a Bianchi guy!
    • Later, wary of sounding like a pervert, Blake tells one of the future babes to "suck my d....ass! Suck my ass!" Ders chimes in, "He said ass!"
  • 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 "nipples."
    • Scrabble: A contestant picks her two letters, both of which end up being "P". After being informed of this, she says "I guess I'll take a P."
      • Another Scrabble moment: The grid formation for the word was _ _ _ O _ _ _ _ with the clue "Men with short ones often have problems." The audience began to chuckle lightly, then went into full loud laughter when the contestant drew two tiles which revealed the letters S and M.
  • From the NBC edition of the game show Jackpot!, where a dias of sixteen contestants pose riddles to a "king of the hill":
    Contestant: First you make a sale then open my drawer. What am I?
    King: A hooker! (mass laughter)
    Contestant: A cash register, you louse!!
  • 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."
  • Greek:
    "I can't go to that interview [that my ex-boyfriend Evan set up for me]. Evan tainted it."
    "Who cares about Evan's taint?"
  • Friends
    • 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 an eight-year-old boy. Later on when she comes back, Ross says (impulsively thinking that it'll be a compliment) that he "happens to like" eight-year-old boys.
    • 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.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    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 again:
    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.
    Buffy: When I kissed you? You know I was thinking about Giles, right?
    Spike: (Double Take) You know, I always wondered about you two.
    • And Xander after interrogating Andrew
    Xander: "He's primed, I'll be pumping him in no time." (Beat Panel) "I mean, he'll give us information soon."
  • Angel
    • Angel trying to get Lindsey to join his team:
    Angel: I want you, Lindsey. (beat) I'm thinking about rephrasing that.
    Lindsey: Yeah, I'd be a lot more comfortable if you did.
    • From the Season 2 premiere:
    Cordelia: You can't see everything. You're just a vampire, like everyone else. That didn't come out right.
    • Fred and Gunn, tracking Holtz by the radiation given off after crossing dimensions:
    Fred: We've been tracking Conner's emissions this whole time!
    Gunn: I could go without ever hearing that phrase again.
    • In the episode "Guise Will Be Guise", Wesley has been hired as a bodyguard for and subsequently slept with a young woman named Virginia. A confused Angel, thinking he's talking about the state, asks, "You were in Virginia?" Cue visible embarrassment from Wesley.
    Wesley: (mumbling) ...that's not the point.
    • Also when Illyria says that she no longer has intercourse with Wesley, then has to explain to a startled Spike that Wesley is no longer talking to her.
    • When Lindsey and Eve are making out:
    Lindsey: What are you thinking about?
    Eve: Angel.
    Lindsey: You simply couldn't have said a worse thing than that.
  • And from Firefly:
    Badger: Of course, you couldn't buy an invite with a diamond the size of a testicle, but I've got my hands on a couple.
    (Mal and Jayne glance at each other and start snickering)
    Badger: Of invites!
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Roxie designs clothing.
    Roxie: Soon, every guy in this college will be in my pants... that came out wrong.
  • Frasier LOVES the "wait for it" variation. Usually Martin does the "Wait for it."
  • Scrubs:
    • For starters:
      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.
    • JD often strays into "accidentally gay" territory. For instance, when congratulating Turk:
      JD: You must be dancing on the wind right now! (beat) That sounded straighter in my head.
    • When Elliot meets her patient/future boyfriend, Sean:
      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:
      J.D.: Janitor, I'm gonna be straight with you. I saw your penis, and I noticed a possible melanoma that you should really have checked out.
      Janitor: When did you see my penis?
      J.D.: Last night, when you were showering.
      Janitor: Where were you?
      J.D.: Oh, I was outside, in the bushes.
      Janitor: Uh...
      J.D.: Look, it was just a coincidence, man — I mean, if you had looked out the window, you'd have seen my penis, you know!
      Janitor: What! Why?
      J.D.: Because I had it out while I was looking at yours!
  • 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!
    • Possibly the best example comes after he buys a date with Lindsey at a charity auction and accidentally spends their spa date while testing it out.
      Tobias: Unfortunately, I prematurely shot my wad on what was initially supposed to be a dry run, if you will. Now, I'm afraid I have something of a mess on my hands.
      Michael: Wow, there are so many poorly chosen words in that statement.
    • Ironically, in the same episode, Michael tries to confess to betraying Tobias's trust.
      Michael: I screwed my brother-in-law.
    • In season 4, he can't even get a Vanity License Plate without this happening. He takes Lucille's arrest as a sign to make a new start to his life. So, he gets a license plate reading "a new start". However, to make it fit, he spells "new" as "nu" and removes the spaces. Yes, Tobias now has a license plate reading "ANUSTART".
      Lucille: Hello, anus tart.
      Narrator: She hadn't even seen the license plate.
  • 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)
  • Sonny with a Chance: Sonny started watching Mackenzie Falls and desperatley asks Chad what will happen next between his character and the female leading role. However, Chad misinterprets this as Sonny begging him to ask her out and shouts out "Sonny, will you go out with me?" leading to an awkward reaction from both of them. Ironically, this trope is what led to the start of their romantic relationship.
  • Stargate SG-1
    • Episode "Urgo":
      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?
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: In one episode, Uncle Phil is planning to invite his would-be high school sweetheart to dinner, with Will partaking with him in viewing some old school photos of the two of them together, which Phil clearly still having the hots for her. Then Vivian walks in....
    Uncle Phil: Well finally, after two years, I realized that Janice wasn't gonna have me, so I settled for Vivian. (Vivian slams her purse down and storms upstairs) OH! Uh, with Vivian! WITH Vivian! Sweetheart! That came out wrong! Honey! Honey? Baby? (Runs after her)
    Will: Geoffrey! Prepare Mr. Banks' couch.
  • Stargate Atlantis:
    • 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.
  • The Office (US) features this from time to time.
    • 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.
    • And when Michael is deciding on a new username for an online dating site, he settles on LittleKidLover, so others would know where his priorities lie.
  • 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)
  • In the second episode of The Suite Life on Deck, Zack tries to console Bailey about London running away.
    Zack: No trust me. She hated a lot of things on this boat besides you. That didn't come out right.
  • Occasionally on Top Gear.
    • 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.
      May: (on women who make their husbands ride in the backseat) She's effectively saying, "You've given me the baby, now get in the back."
    • 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 & 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.
  • Rules of Engagement:
    • In the episode "Lyin' King", Audrey tells Jeff to stop ribbing their gay friends, which elicits this response:
      Jeff: What's the point of having gay friends if I can't ride them every now and again. (pause) Just forget I said that.
    • Another example (from "The Birthday Deal"):
      Adam: And each year, when I'm doing it, I'll be thinking of you. (pause) I did not just say that.
      Jeff: I didn't hear it.
  • Eureka
    • In the pilot episode:
      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?
    • When Allison is pregnant and a Blob Expy is terrorizing the town Jack makes a series of poorly worded statements throughout the episode that come off as comments about her increasing weight, culminating with the following.
      Allison: Just be careful Carter.
      Jack: I should be able to handle a mindless eating machine.
      Allison: You looked at me again.
      Jack: The... No, no, I was the... You're pretty.
      Tess: Oh, nice save.
  • The X-Files:
    • In "The Unnatural", Mulder is pressing close against Scully while teaching her how to swing a baseball bat.
      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.
  • NCIS:
    • 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 . 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 Series 10 episode "Jargon", Stephen discusses the number of times the word "ejaculate" is used in the Sherlock Holmes novels (The word "ejaculate" in the 19th century meant "exclaim"). At one point Stephen states, "There were 23 ejaculations in the Holmes Canon", which prompted Bill Bailey to laugh uproariously. At one point, Jimmy Carr ejaculated, "This is the most fun I've ever had on this show!"
    • This exchange in the Series 8 episode "Highs and Lows"
      Rob Brydon: So the quicker it's chirping, the hotter it is?. . . well, it makes sense now when you think about when you've been in the hot country and you're tossing at night and you can't get off— [Alan and Stephen share a look.] No! No, no, no, no, no. I'm simply not having it!
      Sandi Toksvig: Sounds like it.
  • 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:
    • Castle says to Beckett:
      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!
      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: Take your hands off your tool now!
      (Ryan and Esposito glance at each other and 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."
  • Psych is quite fond of this.
    • 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."
    • A recent one from the musical episode, as Gus is trying to come up with a rhyme for Yang, the look on his face after he said it is priceless:
      Shawn: Wang?
      Gus: Yeah, I like Wang!
  • Bones:
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Unicorn and the Wasp": The Doctor is poisoned with cyanide, but survives by improvising an antidote and telling Donna to give him a shock. She snogs him, which does the trick.
      Doctor: Detox! Mwa! I must do that more often.
      Doctor: I mean, the - the detox.
    • "The Vampires of Venice": Having burst abruptly into Rory's stag party, the Doctor informs Rory — in front of all his friends — that his fiancée 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.
      Kate Stewart: UNIT's been adapting. Well, I dragged them along, kicking and screaming. Which made it sound like more fun than if actually was.
  • In Dad's 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...
  • In Dollhouse:
    Topher-doll: Who's your backdoor-man?
    Real Topher: Lets just pretend I didn't say that.
    Topher-doll: Yeah.
  • Community:
    • A classical example; the best part is that he doesn't even bother with the beat, realizing halfway through the sentence that he is in trouble:
      Jeff: Hey, Troy sneezes like a girl!
      Troy: And how about I pound you like a boy? That didn't come out right.
    • The outtake from "Beginner Pottery".
      Annie: Gotta get it wet again.
    • "Advanced Gay" has Pierce discover (to his dismay) that Hawthorne Wipes have become popular in the gay community due to being mentioned in a song also popular with the gay community. As he voices his disgust, the other study group members twist his words into gay innuendo. He eventually yells "Stop putting gay things in my mouth!" which needs no twisting.
  • An exchange between Emma and Mickey in Hustle:
    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!!
  • That '70s Show:
    • It happens when Eric and Donna were 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.
  • Dexter:
    • Lundy and Debra...
    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, La Guerta immediately takes it the wrong way.
      Masuka: (to La 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.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
    • From a game called "Secret":
      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.
    • From a game of Sound Effects with Ryan as Tarzan and Colin as Jane:
      Ryan: Before you come, Tarzan only have animals. Animals think Tarzan forget about them now. (the audience laughs) I meant as FRIENDS!
  • A rare moment of comedy in Sex Traffic:
    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)
  • Coupling
    • 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!
  • On Everybody Loves Raymond, Robert gets into this situation with Amy when she comes over to patch up their relationship.
    Amy: Every time I date a guy, I keep thinking of you.
    Robert: Me too. I know what I mean.
  • Modern Family
    • Pulled off hilariously by Cam.
      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!"
  • The Walking Dead
    • Lori says the trope name word-for-word after saying that she'd rather eat Miss Piggy than frog legs.
    • 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.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Literal example in "The Roommate Transmogrification":
      Penny: What happened to Leonard?
      Sheldon: The same thing that happened to Homo Erectus. He was replaced by a superior species.
      Raj: I'm the new Homo in town. (beat) That came out wrong.
    • Much like Tobias from Arrested Development above, Raj does this a lot. Everyone notices it but him. For instance, when the guys are playing Dungeons & Dragons, Raj, a spellcaster, gets a little too enthusiastic.
      Raj: Oh man, the first monster I see, I'm gonna sneak up behind him, whip out my wand, and shoot my magic all over his ass.
      (cue facepalm from Howard and a stare from Leonard)
      Stuart: Do you hear yourself when you say these things?
    • When the guys make a plan to save Santa from a dungeon:
      Raj: Screw that noise, I'm going in. Hang on Santa, I'm coming for you.
    • Immediately after his character dies:
      Raj: Wait, doesn't anyone have a rod of resurrection? Because if you've got one, I need it bad. Get in here with your rod and give it to me.
      (cue another facepalm and wtf stare from Howard and Leonard)
      Stuart: Okay, you need to say these things in your head before you say them out loud.
    • When Penny invites Raj out to Girls Night:
      Raj: Girls Night, Girls Night, WHOO WHOO!
      Stuart: (addressing the other guys after Raj has left) How does he not hear that?
    • When they played Settlers of Catan, Sheldon fell into the "wood/sheep" gag mentioned above in Knights of the Dinner Table
    • A running joke in the 100th episode involves Sheldon dropping these while playing Settlers of Catan.
      Sheldon: I want to build a road, but I need wood. Either of you fellas have wood? (Raj and Howard giggle) I don't understand the laughter. The object of Settlers of Catan is to build roads and settlements. To do so requires wood. Now, I have sheep, I need wood. Who has wood for my sheep? [..] Come on, I just want wood. Why are you making it so hard?
      (later) And now that I have some wood, I will begin the erection of my settlement.
      Howard: (aside, to Raj) Okay, he's got to be doing this intentionally.
    • After Amy and Bernadette get in an argument over Sheldon and Howard's parking spot feud in "The Parking Spot Escalation", Bernadette fires a shot at Amy's celibate relationship then storms out:
    Bernadette: I'm gonna go home and have sex with my husband! Maybe I'll even let him do it to me in a parking spot! (beat while realization sets in) Which sounds dirty, but I didn't mean it that way!
  • 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.
  • On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, one of the new ADA's was introduced to Stabler and Benson and was... a little too enthusiastic about her new posting.
    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?"
  • On The Tonight Show, Michelle Williams talked about her vacation in Mexico being an adventure resulting in this exchange.
    Jay: So what was the adventure?
    Michelle: I'm still a little sore.
    Jay: (looking horrified) Oh that's... we'll move on to another.
    Michelle: Oh no, I mean horseback riding.
  • Power Rangers: The SPD / Dino Thunder teamup.
    Broodwing: Did you think you could get away from me that easily?
    Ethan: We've run away from a lot worse than you, buddy! Ooh, that didn't come out right at all.
  • Parks and Recreation, after cheating her way to fishing glory:
    Ann Perkins: Pathetic, maybe. But it feels pretty good to have a bunch of little boys be super into me. That... came out wrong.
  • A staple joke of The Nanny is for C.C. to say something (usually 100% clean) and Niles will make sure it's presented in the naughtiest possible light or transforming it into an insult about C.C.
    C.C.: They're fumigating my apartment.
    Niles: They've done that before. You always come back.
    C.C.: (Death Glare at Niles) So I need to find a kennel.
    Niles: Oh, treat yourself to a hotel.
  • Rizzoli & Isles: Angela cannot text, apparently, because she sent Jane a message that said "Homie, I need a boner." She really meant "Honey, I need a loaner." This is more an autocorrect fail.
  • From the Veronica Mars episode "Versatile Toppings":
    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 the worst way to say things?"
    • The accidental innuendos mostly happen when talking to Oliver, but she has a problem with self-incrimination in general. When Detective Lance suspects her of helping the vigilante and asks during a criminal interrogation how she would describe hacking, her reply is, "A hobby... that I do not engage in!"
    • She appears in the episode "Going Rogue" of The Flash (2014) after learning that Barry had finally emerged from his coma. Soon after they meet, she blurts out: "I wanna see it! And by it, I mean your speed in case you thought I was talking about something else which I was not!" In that same episode, there's also this conversation:
      Barry: What are you doing? You should go back to your hotel, get some sleep.
      Felicity: You should too. Not go back to my hotel! Get some sleep I mean.
    • When referring to working with The Arrow, "I love spending the night with you—three, two, one..."
    • In the Season 2.5 comic, she's trying to convince Oliver to spend the night at her place while he recovers from his injuries, where he would be more comfortable than down in the foundry:
    Felicity: Down here's a cave. Stay at my place tonight—I mean...I won't be there. I'm pulling an all-nighter at Kord Industries. So...
    Oliver: I'll think about it.
    Felicity: Don't think. Do. You've been sleeping on the floor. You need to be in my bed—I mean...Sometimes I don't know why I talk.
  • 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?
    Doug: [frowns]
    Carrie: ...Sorry, I meant that cute but it came out hurtful.
    Doug: That's alright, just shakin' it off.
  • Mash
    • Frank, addressing the 4077's assembled troops: "During Colonel Blake's absence, I will act in his capacity. So if there are any problems, you may bring them to me, or to our fine adjutant here, Major Houlihan. Now, talking to the Major is the same as talking to me, since we are intimate with each other at all times." (Cue awkward pause as Frank and Margaret both realize what he said.)
    • 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' to speak."
  • Sean Saves The World:
    Sean: You're a smart, strong, young girl, so screw boys! [realizes] Just so we're clear, I'm not saying "screw boys" like go do that.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fitz talking to Skye in the pilot
    Fitz: When you get back, I'll show you my thing. A thing! It's not my- it's my hardware. My equipment! My- hang up.
  • Sanctuary: During "The Bank Job" we get this exchange (over the phone, no less)
    Henry: I'm the geek, you're the doc. I do tech, you do drugs. [beat] You know what I mean.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: In "Takes One to Know One", Joxor speculates that Minya's motive for the murder might be that she "loves horses too much". After a pause, and several odd looks from the other characters, he continues "Let me rephrase..."
  • This is the basis of most of the jokes in Bottom.
  • Supernatural, season 2, "Everybody Loves a Clown": a creature is killing parents, and their children are saying that a clown did it. Dean brings news of the latest deaths to Sam, who tries to complete Dean's sentence:
    Sam: More murders?
    Dean: Two more last night. Apparently they were ripped to shreds. And they had a little boy with them...
    Sam: (interrupting) who fingered a clown.
    Dean: (Gives Sam a strange look.)
    Sam: What?
  • In Season 3 of The Sing-Off, Sara Bareilles has a few "why did I just say that" moments in the first episode, such as...
    Bareilles [regarding Afro Blue]: ...and I also wrote down that you're all very attractive, so... [general laughter] ...maybe I need to work on taking notes, but you're all very good looking in addition to sounding amazing — [to Ben Folds, leaning over to read her pad] — it's on there, it is on there. I know. Get over it.
  • Battlestar Galactica has season 3, "Dirty Hands" {smirk}. When President Roslin's ship gets damaged, Admiral Adama offers her accommodation on the Galactica:-
    Adama: If the quarters become cramped, you're always welcome in one of my beds...
    Roslin: (Smiles)
    Adama: a manner of speaking.
  • The Thin Blue Line:
    • Raymond Fowler. Take this example from "Kids Today", in which he fondly describes his childhood Mechano sets, much to Habib's amusement:
      Fowler: They'll never know the joy a young lad can have sitting alone in his room... with his tool in his hand, tightening his little nuts.
    • Grim: "It's my arse on the line and I don't want a cock-up!" and many variations.
  • The Worst Year of My Life, Again: When Simon attempts to pick up Samantha, thinking that the year might reset again, he says she should act fast because tomorrow "he will have forgotten all about her". Realising what he has just said, he says "That didn't come out right" and she dumps a drink on him.
  • A couple episodes of Boston Legal featured a Spanish-speaking man who needed a translator's help to testify in court, only for the translator to realize that the his testimonies (involving a cockfighting ring and a ten-year-old matador) are prime innuendo fodder. For added hilarity, the translator was a nun.
    "God forgive me."
  • In the Smallville episode "Crusade", Lois Lane meets Martha after finding Clark in the field, amnesiac and naked:
    Lois: Guess I'm a sucker for stray dogs and naked guys. (beat after seeing Martha's expression) Okay, that didn't come out right.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. In "Future's End", Tom Paris says astronomer Rain Robinson's curvesnote  look great, while Rain demands to know what Tuvok has in his pants note .
  • Star Trek: Enterprise. The Enterprise recovers a derelict spaceship from the future, and is surprised when the pilot's corpse is a Half-Human Hybrid containing Vulcan DNA. The Vulcan first officer T'Pol reacts with her usual Arbitrary Skepticism, telling Captain Archer, "It is unlikely we could reproduce" adding quickly "Humans and Vulcans" when Archer gives her a startled look.
  • In Would I Lie to You?, Gaby Roslin's "This is My" claim was that the guest is a friend of hers who once fell down a manhole. After David's team came to the unanimous decision that Gaby's story was the truth, Jack Dee drops a joke that becomes this.
    David: I think we think it's the manhole...? Manhole.
    Tinchy: Yeah, manhole.
    Jack: Let's call her Gaby for now.
    [Everyone bursts into laughter, and Gaby puts a hand over her mouth]
    Jack: That was far ruder than I...If I had thought that joke through I wouldn't have said it.
  • In one episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show depicting the events of Rob and Laura's honeymoon, one of Rob's army buds is trying to help him duck army regulations to go off base for his honeymoon:
    Rob: Sam, I want to go on this honeymoon with Laura as much as you do.
    Laura: Uh, Rob...
  • In Faking It, Principal Penelope unveils her plan to make Hester the most accepting school on the planet: Sustainability, Tolerance, Innovation. Or...STI for short. In this instance, there's no verbal backspace because Penelope doesn't realize the other meaning for STI and no one bothered to tell her.
    Penelope: And with your help, we'll share our STI with the world!
    Amy (watching from a tablet): How did nobody catch that?
  • Gabe on Good Girls Revolt tells Denise (the only prominent black researcher) that he’s gathered that she’s ‘a chocolate person’. He quickly amends it to “or that you – like – chocolates…”
  • New Tricks: In "A Delicate Touch", Brian is attempting to subtly quiz Sandra about how much the team members are paid. He starts by asking "Are you fully cognizant of the size of my packet?" and the conversation goes downhill from there. Typical for Brain, he never realises exactly what it is he says.
  • Midsomer Murders: In "Schooled in Murder", Sarah is teasing John about his current case and the Stepford Smilers at the centre of it, claiming that she could be a perfect wife as well. He replies:
    "Why would I want perfection when I've got you. <beat> Um, that didn't come out quite right, did it?"
  • Harrow: In "Peccata Patris" ("Sins of the Father"), Fairley is arguing with Harrow about who should get Maxine's position if she leaves as he walks out of his office:
    Fairley: If anyone should get that head job, it's me!
    (turns around and finds he is face-to-face with Simon)
    Fairley: That's not what it sounded like!
  • In an episode of Malcolm in the Middle, Hal, a white man, and Abe, a black man, are having an argument when they decide to settle it over a poker game, and Hal says "I will own you!" Hal immediately regrets his choice of words, and when he tries to explain that he meant to say "I'll win and brag about it," Abe growls "just, get the cards!"
  • In El Chavo del ocho, Don Ramón and Doña Florinda have a discussion after she took his pants out of the clothes line. He says that his pants were in Doña Cleotilde's section, therefore, the only one with a right to take his pants off it's her. He had to make a Verbal Backspace due the horror of that thought.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Dee tries to prove that the Lawyer is lying under oath and discovers evidence that he’s of Jewish descent, which he’s covered up for unknown reasons. She promptly bursts into the courtroom demanding the case be thrown out because the Lawyer’s a greedy, lying Jew! Upon realizing what she just said, she backs up and tries to explain that what she meant to say is that he’s a liar because he’s Jewish.

  • 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"...

    Pro Wrestling 

  • 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.

  • 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...
    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."

    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 Versus 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?' 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:
    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 
  • Dominic Deegan:
  • Here's a related one from 8-Bit Theater:
    Thief: Hey, his awkward admission dooms the team. Mine only dooms the whole world and possibly not us. (beat) That sounded less damning in my head.
  • Narbonic
    • Subverted:
      Helen: It's not pleasant, but Dave and I will have to swap spit!
      [beat panel]
      Mell: Um... I don't think that came out the way you meant it—
      Helen: Oh, yes it did.
    • Also, played straight in this strip of Skin Horse, when Nick the helicopter cyborg attempts to assure Sweetheart the talking dog that her taking shelter from a blizzard in his airframe is a mutually beneficial situation and accidentally phrases it as "Ain't nothing like spending a cold night with a a warm dog inside you."
      • Subverted in this one. Julie Rome vows to stop infecting people with lycanthropy and to start making werewolves in the natural way. She means this exactly the way it sounds.
  • Penny and Aggie
  • Used Word for Word by Rumisiel in Misfile. Sometimes that boy only opens his mouth to change feet.
  • 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:
      TT: Whoa.
      uu: WAIT. FuCK. WHAT DID I SAY?
      uu: I MEAN.
    • 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

    Web Original 
  • 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?
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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: 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?
  • 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:
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
      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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