Because a Closed Mouth Gathers no Foot

In the great good tradition of July, 2008, today’s food is not so much food as, say, humble pie.

Sometimes you should have thought the thing you said over, and then still not have said it at all.  Sometimes we all suffer from a raging case of foot-in-mouth disease.

I won’t say much more than that, but instead indulge in a little schadenfreude and share with you the Foot in Mouth Awards, which are dubious awards given in Britain to particularly baffling remarks by public figures.

Here are a few of the better ones, and happy a happy Sunday.  Oh, and may you keep your mouth foot-free.

Previous Winners:

2006– Naomi Campbell for “I love England, especially the food. There’s nothing I like more than a lovely bowl of pasta.”

2003– Former United States Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld for comments in a press briefing. “Reports that say
that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as
we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We
also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are
some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the
ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

2000– Hollywood star Alicia Silverstone for her comments quoted in the Sunday Telegraph.

“I
think that [the film] ‘Clueless’ was very deep. I think it was deep in
the way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a
very deep place if it’s true lightness.”


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2 thoughts on “Because a Closed Mouth Gathers no Foot

  1. Vixen on said:

    I laughed when I first heard DOnald Rumsfeld’s comment. It was such a perfect example of political doublespeak. I’ve heard it adlibbed several times since.

  2. oh, alicia. clueless was great but not deep, honey.
    also, how is it that a bush-ism didn’t make this list?

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