Words for befuddling blunders


“Would you like some butter on your bed?” Take the margarine off the quilt! You’ve simply stumbled across a parapraxis. From the Latin para meaning “beside” and praxis, Greek for “a doing,” a parapraxis is an instance in which you say one thing and mean your mother. . . another. The term is most commonly known as a Freudian slip and was deeply instrumental in the work of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud in determining his patients hidden intentions and desires.


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