DID I REALLY SAY THAT?

Quotes and Misspeaks Making the News

We've all been there and done it. Said something that we wished we hadn't. Or said something that just didn't quite come out right. It's a case of, "Did I really say that?" 

We've collected a few examples of these expressions from the world of public speaking, presentations and public relations.

In some cases you can bet the speaker sensed something wasn't quite right. In others...they had no idea!

But, whatever the explanation, what's said is said. And hence we feel their pain!

Did I Really Say That

"To date there have been no patients linked to this incident outside healthcare organisations but we continue to investigate."

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Spokesman, Public Health England

"You can’t change the status quo if you’re going to, if you like, rejoin it...We are not going to go and join the Liberal Democrats."

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Chuka Umunna, TIG

"Too much of our footprint is in a space not on-trend."

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Alan Jope, CEO at Unilever PLC

"We are aware of the issues parents have raised and we are dealing with them via appropriate channels and procedures."

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Spokeswoman, Rochdale Council

"We would want a vote in order to decide what the future would be”

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Jeremy Corbyn

"The banners were quickly removed and the consequences of this action will be discussed by the Reference Group after the Contest."

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Spokesman, The European Broadcasting Union

"We can only say that management action is ongoing and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further."

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Spokesman, The Royal Navy

"It’s important to point out that this is after those residents were educated on recycling and warned a number of times."

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Spokesperson, Kirklees Council

"We support the use of swift boxes in appropriate areas"

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Spokesman, The Housing Ministry

"As a public body, we are mindful of the need to take a reasonable and prudent approach in relation to costs we have needed to incur."

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Spokesman, The Electoral Commission

"We...seek to gain full possession of the site imminently so we can begin a clean-up process as soon as possible."

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A spokeswoman from Telereal Trillium

"We are all a bit negligent sometimes."

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Christine Lagarde

"Unfortunate that the mail merged form produced for Mid Suffolk from the anonymous data on our system has led to this unacceptable mistake."

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Michael Evans, Babergh and Mid Suffolk district council

"Businesses have a legal and moral duty to support parents and help them to balance work and family life."

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The IOD

"In the 1990s it was trendy to dismantle school community cultural architecture."

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Shaun Fenton, Headmaster, Reigate Grammar School

"Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but as it was a health and safety issue, we had no choice."

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Radyr Comprehensive School (Read more)

"It's just the kind of thing that if it happens to you and you're a busy active person, you keep moving forward."



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Hillary Clinton

"We must continue to listen to what the public are saying and listen to what the audience needs and continue to drive those improvements."

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Tom Shapland, the Met Office

Did I Really Say That?

"We have to trust our Sherpas. There has been no hanky-panky here."

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Mohan Lamsal, president of Makalu Adventures

"Parliament needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit."

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David Lammy MP

"Deserters will not be welcomed with open arms."

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Jean-Claude Juncker

"It's the Queen's 90th birthday today. She's not 90 every day."

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LBC 11/06/2016

"What we have been saying regarding the Malvinas is what we have said since the day we took office. And I see no incompatibility." 

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Susana Malcorra, Foreign Minister of Argentina

"They aren't very forthcoming about coming forward"

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David Davis, College of Paramedics 15 April 2016

Really? Did I Say That?

"The issue is that we need to mend human psychology."

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A teacher has the solution.

"I have decided to convene an emergency committee."

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Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General, talking about the Zika virus outbreak, January 2016

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