lapsūs linguae

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lapsūs (slips) (nominative plural form of lapsus (slipping)) + linguae (of a/the tongue) (genitive singular form of lingua (tongue)) “slips of the tongue”.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lapsūs linguae

  1. plural form of lapsus linguae
    • 1971: Victoria A. Fromkin for The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Volume 50, Issue 1A — The Hunting of the “Quark” in Speech Production: Further Evidence from Speech Errors, pp115–116
      Any model of this process which considers the phonemic segment as the basic “spark” or “queach” (ie, speech quark) cannot account for the kinds of lapsūs linguae which occur.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The macron is often omitted in writing this word; for most writers, this word’s singular and plural forms are homographs.