Sometimes a slip of the tongue can be funny, but when they happen a lot, they become more of an annoyance. When U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon expressed his gratitude for the hosting of a major conference in Vienna, he mistaken offered thanks to the nation of Australia. When aides informed him of the mistake, the Secretary apologized to the people of Austria by addressing an issue they have dealt with many times; the fact that many tourists often say Australia when they mean Austria. As a result many souvenir shops sell t-shirts with a picture of a kangaroo that has been crossed out and the slogan about a lack of the marsupials in Austria. The U.N. Secretary General made a reference in his apology saying, he knows full well that there are “no kangaroos in Austria.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.
Tourists yes, but the UN chief? In slip of tongue he thanks Australia instead of Austria, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/11/03/tourists-yes-but-un-chief-in-slip-tongue-thanks-australia-instead-austria/, Accessed November 3, 2014.
Proverbs 15:2 (NKJV) “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”