By Josie Harvey
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During his daily press conference from outside his home in Ottawa, which is typically a pretty serious affair, Trudeau advised Canadians that they should continue to abide by social distancing guidelines and that wearing a face mask is a good idea because it protects against people “speaking moistly.”
Oh man. Trudeau says, on wearing masks, that his understanding is it can be helpful as it prevents you from “breathing or speaking moistly” on others.
“Ugh what a terrible image.”
MOISTLY. Our prime Minister just said “moistly,” folks.
— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) April 7, 2020
“If people want to wear masks, that is OK, it protects others more than it protects you because it prevents you from breathing or speaking, uh, moistly on them,” he said.
Immediately regretting his word choice, the PM added: “Ugh, what a terrible image.”
Trudeau, who has been isolating at home since his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus on March 13, unintentionally delivered a bit of levity to Canadians. Viewers jumped on Twitter to revel in the uncomfortable moment, and some advised they would be adopting the significantly grosser alternative to “Say it, don’t spray it” at this relevant time.
— Alexander Quon (@AlexanderQuon) April 8, 2020
— Michelle Heighton (@Michelle_L_H) April 7, 2020
Didn’t realize I was scared of people “speaking moistly” until literally this second??pic.twitter.com/mGr2uSMPIq
— Graeme Benjamin (@GlobalGraeme) April 7, 2020
— Jenn Wallis (@DameWallis) April 7, 2020
“Say it, don’t spray it.” – The Prime Minister #speakingmoistly
— 22Minutes (@22_Minutes) April 7, 2020
— Meanwhile in Canada (@MeanwhileinCana) April 7, 2020
— Scott Piatkowski (@ScottPiatkowski) April 7, 2020
— Alison Prescott (@armoured_wife) April 7, 2020
— Deanna Burgart P.Eng (@Indigeneer) April 7, 2020
— Sarain Fox (@sarainfox) April 7, 2020
So Trudeau has inadvertently created a horrible new phrase that I intend to immediately start using.
“This guy at the shops was being really gross. You should have seen how moistly he was speaking at people.”#speakingmoistly
— Dael Munn-Tyrrell (@dael601) April 7, 2020
Masks prevent you from “speaking moistly on them” is the image none of us needed. pic.twitter.com/7AsukeVCjg
— Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) April 7, 2020
A ban on speaking moistly — both the act and the phrase — would not be unwarranted right now.
— Aaron Wherry (@AaronWherry) April 7, 2020
— Matt TenBruggencate (@tenbruggencate) April 7, 2020