2. A slip of the pen, an unintentional writing error; especially, in spelling taxonomic names.
This shows that a lapsus linguae can be embarrassing, to say the least. The situation could also be considered a lapsus memoriae or a "lapse of memory".
There is one more mental lapse, one that involves carelessness in writing: lapsus calami or a slip of the pen. The word calamus was a reed formerly used as a pen.
A lapsus linguae can result from laliophobia or lalophobia
In the world of human relations, a person can suffer from laliophobia (lalophobia); that is, a terror of talking or of stuttering when trying to talk.
An individual's speech difficulty may be aggravated by situations that arise from anxieties or fears of self-consciousness.
Of course, there is also the other condition called, lalomania, a compulsion or abnormal desire to talk excessively. Neither situation is considered desirable in human relations.
See this special presentation about public personalities who have committed various forms of lapsus linguae.
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An embarrassing example of lapsus linguae.
- lapsus linguae: a slip of the tongue.
- lapsus calami: a slip of the pen.
- lapsus manus: slip of the hand, similar to lapsus calami.
In literature, a number of different types of lapsus memoriae are named depending on the mode of correspondence:
With the variation of lapsus clavis: slip of the typewriter.