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May 18, 2007
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Freudian slip

(FROI-dee-uhn slip) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: An error that reveals someone's subconscious mind.

[After Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, who proposed the idea.]

"A Freudian slip on a boyfriend's postcard puts Lavigne in a jealous rage because her lover's inscription read, 'I wish you were her' (rather than 'here' -- get it?)."
Lavigne Embraces Simplicity; Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts); Apr 29, 2007.

See more usage examples of Freudian slip in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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