Stop, our aching sides! Sadly, there was no “JK” after that remark. During a speech on the eve of his first trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry referred to the non-existent country of “Kyrzakhstan.”

In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr Kerry last week praised US diplomats working to secure “democratic institutions” in the Central Asian country, which does not exist.

The newly minted diplomat was referring to Kyrgyzstan, a poor, landlocked nation of 5.5 million, which he appeared to confuse with its resource-rich neighbour to the north, Kazakhstan.

The Telegraph also reports that the State Department left that out of the official transcript. Transparency!

The gaffe-tastic unintentional portmanteau occurred a few days ago, but is picking up steam on Twitter today.

And, boy, is the buzz hilarious.

Paging IKEA!

Zing! And, it being Twitter, a parody account enters the mix.

Heh. Oddly enough, The Boston Globe reportedly seems to have missed this story.

Probably because his last name doesn’t rhyme with Kalin and he has a (D) next to his name, natch.

Do we smell a hashtag?

And, no worries! The secretary of dunce is out and about today.

Our allies: The United Klingdom?