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Slip of the Tongue

December 20, 2013 | by


The Dictionary of American Regional English is an epic compendium that’s been in the works since 1965. Now, it’s done and all 60,000 words are available on a great interactive site. Just to give you a taste of the myriad riches contained therein, the following are all regional variations on informing a woman her slip is showing:

  • “It’s snowing down south”
  • “Your father likes you better than your mother”
  • “Whitey’s out of jail”




  1. Eamon Mag Uidhir | December 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Here’s an Irish variation from the 1950s and 1960s, actually a two-step version.
    FIRST WOMAN (to woman with slip showing): Do you know Charlie’s dead?
    SECOND WOMAN (not understanding the coded message): What?
    FIRST WOMAN (nodding down to the offending slippage): I see you’re flying your flag at half-mast.

  2. Michael Conner | December 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    My grandfather (who was born in the 19th century) would say, “PhD: petticoat hanging down.”

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