Misquotation: “Hug a hoodie”
On 9 July 2006, David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, released the text of a speech which he was to make to the Centre for Social Justice the following day. This included the words:

We - the people in suits - often see hoodies as aggressive, the uniform of a rebel army of gangsters. But hoodies are more defensive than offensive, They’re a way to stay invisible in the street.

The Labour politician Vernon Coaker at once commented ‘Cameron’s empty idea seems to be ‘let’s hug a hoodie’, whatever they have done’ and ‘Hug a hoodie’ became the public’s perception of the speech even before it was made, though Cameron did not in fact use those words.
From the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. For other previous common misquotations, take a look at our Misquotation of the Week feature.


Image credit: David Cameron’s official portrait from the 10 Downing Street website, Open Government Licence v1.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Misquotation: “Hug a hoodie”

On 9 July 2006, David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, released the text of a speech which he was to make to the Centre for Social Justice the following day. This included the words:

We - the people in suits - often see hoodies as aggressive, the uniform of a rebel army of gangsters. But hoodies are more defensive than offensive, They’re a way to stay invisible in the street.

The Labour politician Vernon Coaker at once commented ‘Cameron’s empty idea seems to be ‘let’s hug a hoodie’, whatever they have done’ and ‘Hug a hoodie’ became the public’s perception of the speech even before it was made, though Cameron did not in fact use those words.

From the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. For other previous common misquotations, take a look at our Misquotation of the Week feature.

Image credit: David Cameron’s official portrait from the 10 Downing Street website, Open Government Licence v1.0, via Wikimedia Commons.