How some men and women differ in describing their daily actions? #writing #writers

My loved one recently announced that he was intending to ‘slip’ down the pub. (Whilst I was busy sitting through a painful three hour school musical performance – which he had cunningly managed to get out of).

My loved one’s use of the word ‘slip‘ was interesting. It was an unusual word to use in a sentence and I initially put his choice of word down to him being a bit tired. He then used it again the following evening but this time changing it slightly by using ‘slipping‘ i.e ‘I’m just slipping down the Indian Takeaway love’

Keen to understand my loved one’s mindset I looked up ‘slip / ‘slipping’ in the dictionary and amongst other definitions it said:

to move, go smoothly or easily; glide; slide.

As my loved one is in his early 40s, likes a pint or two and is prone to afternoon naps on the sofa, I would say that he does ‘glide’ / ‘move easily’ / ‘slide’ through his daily routine. It’s all very leisurely and casual. 

I on the other hand use the word ‘nip‘ to describe my actions. I nip up the shops, nip up town or nip to the butchers. Everything I do is done at pace. I am always hot footing it around the local area.

Keen to understand my own mindset I looked up ‘nip / ‘nipping’ in the British dictionary and amongst other definitions it said:

fast movement / dart. 

A lengthy discussion with some close female friends then took place. These close friends are of a similar age to me and share a lot of my views on the weird and wonderful ways of loved ones. 

The discussion with close friends concluded: we females nip through daily life whilst our male loved ones slip through daily life. 

I will say at this point that this could be to do with age of the loved one and length of marriage. 

My close female friends, like me, cover more ground on the household front and are faster on their feet too – hence their use of the word ‘nip’ in action based sentences.

Their loved ones, like mine, are more laid back, leisurely and slower in pace on the household front – hence their use of the word ‘slip’ in action based sentences.

Here are some real life examples that arose from our discussion:


“I think I might slip down the pub love”

“Think I might slip down the rugby ground to watch the rugby love”

“Just slipping to Waitrose for some wine love” (posh supermarket)


“Just going to nip to the shop as we are out of bread – back in a min”

“Just nipping the kids to school”

“Just nipping out in my lunch break to get some family essentials like washing powder and toilet paper”


Let me know where you stand on this interesting subject? 

Are you currently nipping to the shops? 

Or are you prone to a bit of slipping down the pub? 


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54 thoughts on “How some men and women differ in describing their daily actions? #writing #writers

  1. I a slipping into bed in a bit ahahaha! I am definitely not a ‘nip’ kind of lady. My family members judge me and hate going places with me because of it. Two of my siblings especially. My brother who lives with me says he hates going to the grocery story with me because I move “gingerly” through the isles. This is not a complement. He usually says it with a scowl. My dad also moves gingerly through the grocery store but nips through everything else…I suppose we are a bizarre lot. 😀

      1. I will indeed…at least that is the plan. I hope I didn’t ruin your rest with Tucker John references. He does show his lovely colors in the next few chapters. I hope you enjoy them and him 😉

      2. Oh and I did want to tell you, since you are American, you won’t be ‘nipping,” you will be changing that word out for just plan ole ‘running” I am going to RUN to the store. I am going to RUN the kids to school. Same difference eh? 😉 Nite!

  2. I’m a popper, I pop to the shops, pop to the loo, etc.
    Region dialect probably plays a large part, ‘run’ and just straight forward ‘go’ (pronounced ‘gan’) are the most common ways to say it this part of Scotland, where in general things are shortened. It’s my theory people don’t like to have their mouths open for too long around here as it lets the heat out. 😉

  3. Is there a term for doing things slowly? I am rather slow with chores but voluntary. My loved one is of the nipping type, anything and everything that has to be done is done quickly and efficiently.

      1. I don’t think I slip, cause it’s not smooth at all… But yeah my loved one is something rare, he can’t understand how so many men are used to their significant other doing everything for them…

      1. That would be totally possible here, IBFF! We’ve got two large mountain ranges near enough to choose from: The Cascades and the Rockies. 🙂 We’re in between. 🙂 In fact, I’ve got some great and beautious places I could take you in the Selkirks or we could high-tail on over to Glacier National Park.

      2. Ok will need to bring floaty white dress and basket of cheese! You can stick flowers in my hair and I can nip up and down those mountain ranges singing!

  4. I love this post! “Slip” is one of my favourite words, actually. There’s usually quite a bit of weeping in my books – ha ha – and I love the description of a tear slipping down a cheek. Regarding your discusion, I think I used to “nip” and now that I’m a bit older I tend to “slip” more than I before. I guess I’m slowing down? The man in my life seems to have experienced the opposite. He was a slipper and now he’s a nipper. Maybe it’s a yin/yang thing? 🙂

  5. I scoot…….. Scoot to the shops, scoot to the Post Office. Whereas my mother pops. She pops over the village, pops to the bank. Incidentally there are certain places one should NEVER scoot or pop, like the hairdressers for example. Scooting or popping can only mean a disasterous hair cut and no scalp massage.

      1. Lol I guess that is true…and still I don’t have a place for everything we have, I don’t know if I should move, or just get rid of more stuff. (Sigh)

  6. I think I’m more of a nipper than a slipper. 😀 I nip here, there and everywhere, as does my mum. We’re both quite fast moving individuals (when we want to be). This is an interesting observation, something I hadn’t noticed before. I’m going to b paying attention to what people are saying now.

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