During Justin Bieber’s deposition in 2014, the Biebs said, “I was found on YouTube. I think that I was detrimental to my own career.“
What he meant to say? Instrumental, not detrimental. But the Biebs didn’t exactly lie.
Honorable mention: Sixteenth Chapel = Sistine Chapel
During Liam Payne’s late 2019 interview with The Face, the “Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah” singer compared him image and music to that of his former bandmate, Hagrid Styles. “I mean, look at the stuff I put out, and the stuff Harry puts out. Polar opposite. I’m like the antichrist version of what Harry is.”
What he meant to say? Probably, antithesis.
Honorable mention: Manors = Manners
After losing to Lennox Lewis in June of 2002, Tyson told ESPN, “I guess I’m gonna fade into Bolivian.”
What he meant to say? Oblivion.
Tara Reid once tried to distinguish herself from fellow blonde Jessica Simpson by saying, “I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist.”
What she meant to say? I’m certain she was just a few letters shy of trying to say rocket scientist.
In 1993, Actor David Hasselhoff famously misspoke, saying, “I’ve got taste. It’s inbred in me.”
What he meant to say? Bred or better yet, “imbedded in me” or “embedded in me.” Whichever spelling of that word you prefer. Either is technically correct.
Have you used a word incorrectly before?
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