Oops! How is that again?

Summary

The essay “Oops! How is that again?” has illustrated different types of verbal errors, their probable causes and their bad effects upon the mis-speakers and the listeners. The essay is funny and the tone of the essay is humorous. The main cause for the verbal mistake is the tongue slip. We should not laugh at such mistake but also show our sympathy.

In the beginning of the essay, the poet talks about the “public blunders”. Nancy Reagon once said “the beautiful white people.” She says this unconsciously ignoring she has black voters as well. Memorable mistranslation is another cause of verbal errors. “Come alive with Pepsi” is mistranslated to “Come alive out of the Grave with Pepsi”. Once Lubke welcomed the Indian President asking who he is instead of how is he. The guest take the greeting well and replies that he is the president of India. Bloopers are another type of stupid and low level verbal errors. These errors are often made on radio and TV programs. Instead of saying “Herbert Hoover”, one says “Boobert Heever.”Another kind of verbal error is “spoonerism”. Once spooners says to his student, “You have hissed all of my mystery lecture” instead of “You have missed all of my history lecture”. These are different types of verbal errors.

According to the linguistics and psychologists, the tongue slips shows how the brain stores and articulates language. The thoughts in our minds are put into the grammatical order before we express them. Some errors don’t make big issues while some are serious.

Important Questions and Answers:

a. Into what groups has Rosenblatt organized his numerous examples of verbal mis-steps?

Ans: Rosenblatt has organized his numerous examples of verbal missteps into four groups. At first, he talks about “public blunders”. Nancy Reagon once said “the beautiful white people.” She says this unconsciously ignoring she has black voters as well. Memorable mistranslation is another cause of verbal errors that the writer talks about in the essay. “Come alive with Pepsi” is mistranslated to “Come alive out of the Grave with Pepsi”. Another verbal error is “Bloopers”. These types of errors are often made on radio and TV programs. Instead of saying “Herbert Hoover”, one says “Boobert Heever.” The fourth verbal error is “spoonerism”. Once a teacher said to his student, “You have hissed all my mystery lecture” instead of “You have missed all my history lecture”.

b. What are the various reasons for the verbal error?

Ans: According to the linguistics and psychologists, the tongue slips shows how the brain stores and articulates language. The thoughts in our minds are put into the grammatical order before we express them. While famous psychologist, Freud says that the mis speaker expresses his/her inner desires in the tongue slips or the verbal error.

 

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