Tuesday, June 24, 2008

a gaffe occurs not when someone lies, but when they say what they really think

Ascribed to journalist Michael Kinsley, eg by Michael Cooper, In Balancing Act on National Security, a Stumble, New York Times 25 June 2008

See also The Columbia World of Quotations (1996) #32773, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth," Guardian (London, Jan. 14, 1992)