The highly regarded Jan Freeman, who writes a language column highly regarded by the wordies, was kind enough to turn her space over to me this week while she’s on vacation. Naturally, I wrote about slips and disfluencies:
Wildness. We go outdoors, to the mountains or the ocean, to encounter the untamed and untameable. But this quality can be found closer to home, too — our spoken sentences are full of wildness, right under the threshold of our attention.
I’m talking, of course, about verbal blunders.
The rest of the piece is here. Thanks to Gareth Cook, Steve Heuser, and Elizabeth Gehrman.