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Permanent link for this word: Freudian slip
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: An error that reveals someone's subconscious mind.
For example, "I wish you were her" instead of "I wish you were here."
After Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, who proposed the idea that errors in speech, writing, etc. reveal what is in one's subconscious mind. Earliest documented use: 1959.
"The Freudian slip is invoked to explain some strange and embarrassing behavior. 'Nice to beat you,' smiles a woman when she meets the ex-girlfriend of her husband."
Jena Pincott; Terrorized by the Tongue; Psychology Today (New York); Mar/Apr 2012.
See more usage examples of freudian slip in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, -- quieter, warmer. -Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary General of the United Nations, Nobel laureate (1905-1961)