When Your Tongue Slips… :)

Today, I want to give an example of a so-called “slip of the tongue”. But get ready! It is a very funny story.

Do you know anything about the Ottoman Empire? Well, okay it was one of the biggest empires of the world until WWI (after WWI, it is Turkey). However, the situation was not like that when we go back to the 16th century. There was a “Sultan” called Suleiman, the Magnificent. He is quite famous for his laws and bureaucracy.

A few years ago, the wife of one of the Turkish presidents visited the UK on the occasion of an exhibition about Suleiman. She gave a speech in front of many important people including Lady Diana and she did not use an interpreter. While everything was going well, her tongue kind of slipped and she said “Suleiman, the love maker” instead of “Suleiman, the law maker”.

It was reported that Lady Diana could not help herself laughing! Yeah, well… I guess this is one of the top examples that any Turkish citizen can recall when it comes to the slip of the tongue!

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anne Louise on August 12, 2012 at 13:13

    Was there a wee slip of the tongue here as well? Wasn’t Lady Diana a few years AFTER Sleiman the Magnificent?

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  2. yeah, that is very funny. It is the punishment of being overly self-confident in the sec language and of course refusing to use an interpreter

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  3. It doesn’t matter. Mistakes happen all the time. It needs courage, self-confidence and a lot of self-respect to speak to the native people directly in their language on the occasion of an official event without the help of an interpreter. Congratulations to the wife of the Turkish president!

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  4. Posted by Beta on August 14, 2012 at 22:56

    @georgeamol – finally, a mature response. I think precisely like you.

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  5. Posted by Jiri on August 14, 2012 at 23:43

    Yeah, and besides, these things make official occassions more interesting. And I bet that even Suleiman “the lovemaker” would have loved to hear it!

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  6. Posted by anita smulovitz on August 15, 2012 at 06:28

    nice

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