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A 'gaffe' is a remark or action that is considered a social mistake and usually not polite. Everyone makes gaffes, but it can be extremely embarrassing when it is done on a national or even global stage.
Last week we saw some gaffes by several very powerful politicians and leaders.
The usually taciturn British Queen Elizabeth II commented on she knew generally how horribly rude the members of the Chinese delegation were to everyone including the British Ambassador when they accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Britain in October 2015.
Another gaffe came from Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron along with speaker of the British House of Commons John Bercow being caught on camera telling the Queen that their guests Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” ahead of a major international anti-corruption summit.
During the same time Indian Prime Minister reportedly commented that, “The based on information received by Mr. Modi, the situation regarding child death ratio among certain Adivasi Tribes in Kerala is scarier than even Somalia."
The statements made by all these people were true, but in the world of politics, people are not permitted to speak the truth plain and honestly. What a world we live in? How can we change anything for the better unless we accept that there is a problem.
A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.
- Michael Kinsley