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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