What Are Bloopers? – Meaning & Examples

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Danielle McLeod

Danielle McLeod is a highly qualified secondary English Language Arts Instructor who brings a diverse educational background to her classroom. With degrees in science, English, and literacy, she has worked to create cross-curricular materials to bridge learning gaps and help students focus on effective writing and speech techniques. Currently working as a dual credit technical writing instructor at a Career and Technical Education Center, her curriculum development surrounds student focus on effective communication for future career choices.

The English language is full of words derived from sounds or descriptions of items and events. These words are often humorous or ironic but can be confusing to English language learners.

Bloopers are a blunder of words or actions named after the oscillating feedback created by radio interference, called a bloop. They became popular entertainment in the 1950s and are now regularly placed at the end of many movies, made into television shows, and streamed online.

What Is the Meaning of Blooper?

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A blooper is an error or a mistake. For the most part, blooper refers to a mistake that an actor or member of the crew makes in a movie, television, or radio show.

Blooper reels were first collected from radio shows in the 1950s by Kermit Schaefer. He compiled these bloopers into record albums for entertainment purposes. Television shows consisting of movies, television, and sports bloopers first became popular in the 1970s and 1980s and were shown on prime-time family television. Today, YouTube (a popular free video streaming service) is rife with blooper videos.

Another definition for bloopers is outtakes, though an outtake is not necessarily humorous, and a blooper is generally assumed to be humorous.

Why Are They Called Bloopers?

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The word blooper was coined from the word bloop, which was a term used in American radio in the 1920s to refer to a terrible, annoying feedback noise that affected nearby radios when users tuned their sets incorrectly.

How to Use Blooper in a Sentence

  • If you wait until the end of the credit reels of most movies, bloopers are shown from the making of the production.
  • Growing up, we used to watch popular home bloopers caught on video every Friday night.
  • The spelling blooper highlighted in the instructions the professor gave created a very confusing situation for the students.
  • The senator’s campaign trail bloopers were highlighted by his opponents and showed him to be less competent than he claimed.
  • Her blooper during the playoff season held her team back and forced her coach to place her back on the second string.

Let’s Review

Bloopers are things that have gone wrong on a movie set, in a game, in a speech, or in other similar scenarios. They were first compiled from radio mistakes into a lighthearted show for listeners’ entertainment and have gained in popularity over the years.

Shows and highlight reels concerning bloopers are popular to both watch and stream.

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