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