Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Said “Moistly” On Air in Coronavirus Update and Twitter Is All Over It

Politicians talk a lot. Foibles are inevitable. But the word that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently uttered on live television during a coronavirus update really got the internet fired up. During what has become a daily briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic outside his home in Ottawa, Trudeau was speaking to the importance of wearing a face mask in public. “It prevents you from breathing or speaking…moistly,” he said.

Moistly. We know exactly what he means in this context, but the term could be so easily misinterpreted…or perverted. To Trudeau’s credit, as soon as the word left his appropriately moist lips, he admitted, “Ugh…what a terrible image.”

Of course, Twitter lost its shit over the poorly chosen adverb. Here’s just a sampling of the funny takes on the PM’s faux pas:

You have to love a leader whose public slips of the tongue are not only harmless, but funny — and someone who’s man enough to admit he made a mistake. If “moistly” doesn’t become Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, we’re going to write them a moistly-worded letter.

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