A "Kinsey Gaffe"

A reader writes:

Having just written a piece on Alfred Kinsey, the sex researcher, I found the following slip amusing:

"he had just committed a Kinsey gaffe, which is to say he had spoken the truth when, ahem, something else would have perhaps been a better political option."

It should be a "Kins[l]ey gaffe."

But why not in fact a "Kinsey gaffe"? Alfred Kinsey was famous for getting his interviewees to tell the truth when they didn't want to, e.g. "When did you commence homosexual relations?" Instead of : "Have you ever had homosexual relations?"

Well, it's a slow morning here in Manhattan.

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