The gaffe created a furor in the scientific community, which attacked the publication for flawed and faulty research.
In fairness, she had to take an American history class more recently—and perhaps saw the gaffe coming.
Will Biden get through the night without a gaffe, and still land a couple punches on Ryan?
"blunder," 1909, perhaps from French gaffe "clumsy remark," originally "boat hook," from Middle French gaffe (15c.), from Old Provençal gaf, probably from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *gafa. Sense connection is obscure; the gaff was used to land big fish. Or it may derive from British slang gaff "to cheat, trick" (1893); or gaff "criticism" (1896), from Scottish dialect sense of "loud, rude talk" (see gaff (n.2)).