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Dippery Slip

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Whenever a new dictionary appears the editors always publicise it by drawing attention to the new words and phrases freshly included in the new edition.

This happened with the appearance of the new, second, edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English â€" with its 126 new words and phrases.

One of these struck me in particular: the expression slippery dip meaning a children’s slide in a playground or park.

This is an expression of Australian origin â€" and you’ll find it in the Macquarie, Australian edition of the Collins and the Australian Oxford. The Macquarie, by the way, records the alternative expression slippery slide which (it appears) is common in Queensland and Southern New South Wales. So now we’ve taught the English to say slippery dip. I’m tempted to say that Aussie English continues its triumphant conquest of the world â€" which is probably putting a little too strongly.

Story By Kel Richards - ABC Radio

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