Video of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's "suppository" gaffe has made headlines around the world.
"No one, however smart, however well-educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom," said Mr Abbott, speaking of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Melbourne yesterday.
The word he meant was "repository".
The slip immediately sent social media platforms into a frenzy, with the hashtag #suppository soon trending on Twitter.
With the federal election campaign in full swing ahead of the September 7 poll, there was no shortage of cameras at the Melbourne event and it did not take long for the clip of Mr Abbott to be featured on the websites of some of the world's biggest news organisations.
US public broadcaster NPR published the story in their website's "must reads" section under the headline, "'Suppository' gaffe makes politician the butt of jokes".
"We can't resist this video of Abbott on Monday (local time) saying that current Prime Minister Kevin Rudd shouldn't be the 'suppository of all wisdom'," NPR wrote.
"It remains to be seen whether he can put this all behind him."
CNN called the moment a "memorable slip of the tongue" and, for any readers confused about the matter, provided a detailed definition for the word "suppository".
Britain's Independent, perhaps having missed Liberal candidate Jaymes Diaz's viral video last week, called Mr Abbott's performance "the first real gaffe of the Australian election campaign".
The Huffington Post, Fox News and ABC all covered the story in the US, while Britain's The Guardian, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph featured it on their websites too.
Mr Abbott's slip-up wasn't the only one of the day, with One Nation candidate Pauline Hanson forgetting the name of UK Prime Minister David Cameron during an SBS radio interview.
"And it’s Cameron Thompson… Cam um… Cameron, um, the Prime Minister of Great Britain," she said during the interview, SBS reported.
Source: Nine News
Author: David Meddows, Approving editor: Erin Tennant