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Justin Trudeau warns against speaking moistly and Canadians can't handle it

"Speaking moistly" is a phrase that none of us asked for, but nonetheless one we were given by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday morning.

Speaking outside of Rideau Cottage, Trudeau was busy advising Canadians to respect physical distancing rules when the phrase was born.

"What I have heard from medical experts is that the most important thing is for people to stay home," Trudeau said. "It protects others more than it protects you because it prevents you from breathing or speaking moistly on them."

The Prime Minister quickly realized his error.

"Ugh, what a terrible image," he said immediately.

But it was too late — "speaking moistly" is blowing up faster than Heelys in 2008, with thousands of Canadians taking to social media to weigh in on the cringeworthy phrase.

Some people were shuddering at the Prime Minister's unfortunate choice of words.

While others found the whole fiasco pretty relatable.

A man in Nova Scotia perfectly encapsulated the sentiment of the phrase.

While a man in Waterloo couldn't resist a well-timed joke.

Despite Trudeau's unfortunate turn of phrase, his meaning was spot-on; health officials are now recommending that Canadians wear homemade masks to prevent spreading COVID-19 when talking to others.

Especially if they're speaking moistly.

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