Don’t Slip!


“having a slippery surface,” c. 1500, from Middle English sliper (adj.) “readily slipping,” from Old English slipor “slippery, having a smooth surface” (see slip (v.)) + -y (2). Metaphoric sense of “deceitful, untrustworthy” is first recorded 1550s.
So, where did the word slippers come from?  You slip  your slippers on, so does that mean they’re slippery?
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And how about the undergarment ladies used to wear, but don’t seem to bother with too much these days?  I’ve always enjoyed a pretty, silky slip, but why is it called a slip?
And then you get a pink slip, which no one really wants unless there is another job in the offing.
You slip and fall on a slippery surface.
You slip a secret  word, hint, or clue to someone else. If you get caught, you say, “It just slipped  right out of my mouth.
If you make a mistake, you might say you slipped up. 
But if you trip and fall on a staircase, you’d say you slipped down the stairs.
If you’re doing dishes and you drop one, you might say it slipped out of your hands.
If you want to incapacitate someone, you might slip him a mickey.  And if you’re making a decision that someone else thinks is dangerous in some way, that person may tell you you’re headed down a slippery slope. 
And let’s not forget the useful slip knot. 
You know, every time I get started on one of these rambles, I’m always surprised at far it takes me.

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