Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The F Word

The news of the day (well, yesterday) was the Spanish president’s slip-up at a press conference with the Russian president. ZP accidently used the F-word (which happens to also be an F-word in Spanish) instead of a similarly pronounced word meaning “to support.” It was clearly a slip of the tongue and no real controversy has arisen. But the video/audio clip is all over the place – on the news, on the satire shows, on the radio. And it cracks me up every time I see/hear it. But what really surprises me is that ZP doesn’t even crack a smile. I think I would have lost my cool had I let such a thing slip…

1 comment:

johnwilpers said...

Dear Amy,

First of all, I apologize for using your comment area to contact you, but I could not find an e-mail address on your blog.

My name is John Wilpers. I am the Global Blog Coordinator for GlobalPost, a new international news organization that launched on Jan. 12. We were featured in the New York Times last month. We have also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, MSNBC, MediaShift on PBS, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Online Journalism Review, and many more.

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John Wilpers

PS If you choose to accept our invitation and would like a photo and short biography to appear on GlobalPost, please send both to me with your confirmation e-mail or at some time shortly thereafter.


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