Almost immediately Akin tried to backtrack, saying he misspoke.
Mike Huckabee supposedly "misspoke" when he said Barack Obama grew up in Kenya.
In the video, Brown misspoke slightly on the number of turkeys killed each year for consumption.
late 14c., "to say amiss," also "to speak insultingly," from mis- (1) + speak. Related: Misspeaking; misspoken. Old English missprecan meant "to grumble, murmur."