I know it's just a dumb segment, but the damned thing at least has to have the courage of its convictions. I think this is my fourth article on how Gordon is screwing up a perfectly good concept with obvious frauds and anecdotes which aren't even bear traps.
There was another one this morning, and Junior even voted for it: The guy who was going on a hot date and goes to his date's fancy mansion to pick her up. He is waiting awkwardly with her family and decides he needs to demonstrate his erudition (since he is from the other side of the tracks) by asking if they knew the definition of a word he had just learned from listening to "The Newlywed Game." The word was "masticate," but -- would you believe it -- instead, he says "masturbate"!
OK, let's think about this for a minute. I could complain that this was obviously made up, because (1) hot busty high school chicks who are wealthy tend not to go out with low-lifes like this guy claimed to be, but that at least, could happen. But (2), in the history of awkward first meetings with parents, has a kid ever, ever asked these total strangers if they knew the meaning of an unfamiliar word as a way to break the ice? But let's put these credibilty problems aside.
The real problem here is that this is not a bear trap. This was a mistake. The guy did not say what he intended to say, which is a minimum requirement for a bear trap. If the bear trap is expanded to include "stupid verbal errors which cause embarrassment," well, then, you've lost the bear-trap's entire reason for being.