This is a word choice question-describing a minor mishap when a person is drinking any liquid.

While I was sipping some of my coffee out of a cup, I misdrank it, and then it leaked out of my mouth causing some coffee to spill on the floor.

I don't think you can find this in a grammar book or any english book because what they teach are all basics and academic. Anyway, is this how natives describe a situation when some coffee out of a cup accidentally leaked and goes to the floor.

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    I don't think "misdrank" is a word.
    – Kreiri
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 13:03
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    I've never heard 'misdrank' before. I'm not sure what kind of mishap is being described here. I use 'inadvertently quaffed' to describe when the drink misses my mouth, but I don't think anyone outside of Discworld fandom is likely to understand it.
    – ssav
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 13:53
  • I just made 'misdrank' up... it's from a prefix mis-(like misstep), when I google it, there is a result but not to the same context I am trying to say. Anyway, could you correct it? *inadvertently quaffed sounds too slangy...
    – John Arvin
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 14:17
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    Note that "to quaff" does not mean that - it means to drink deeply, such as "I quaffed several beers in a few minutes." Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 15:12
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    Unfortunately, misdrank doesn't work. Quaff is not slangy at all. I drank it messily or something like that.
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 23:11

1 Answer 1


The word slobber means

to allow saliva or food to run out of the mouth.

The sentence can be

While I was sipping my coffee I slobbered, causing some to spill on the floor.

I simplified the detail about the cup which doesn't need to be mentioned.

  • Thx a lot, this is a handy sentence for much better communication.
    – John Arvin
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 15:52

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