foot-in-mouth disease

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Humorous conflation of foot-and-mouth disease and put one's foot in one's mouth.

Noun[edit]

foot-in-mouth disease (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, humorous) A tendency to make remarks that are embarrassingly wrong or inappropriate.
    • 2000, Marvin Rubinstein, Net-wit.com:
      They attempt to straddle all issues and, consequently, when a slip occurs, the result is foot-in-mouth disease.
    • 2004, Craig Jutila, 2-Minute Encouragers for Teachers (page 48):
      Maybe you suffer from foot-in-mouth disease, too, at least occasionally. If so, then I expect you've also learned about the remedy.

Translations[edit]