February 17, 2013
blunder (noun)
\BLUN-der\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a bad or stupid mistake
How do you use it?
Following the presidential election of 1948, the _Chicago Tribune_ printed the embarrassing blunder "Dewey Defeats Truman," when in fact Harry S. Truman had defeated his opponent, Thomas E. Dewey.
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Which of the words below is a synonym of "blunder"?

You didn't make any blunders if you picked answer D. "Blunder" is an "error," otherwise known as a "mistake," or "slip up." English speakers have apparently been goofing up for quite a while, because "error" has been in use since the 13th century, while "blunder" and "mistake" have been around since the 14th century. "Slip up" is more of a newcomer; it has appeared in English texts only since the early 1900s.
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