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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Thing to do today: slope away.

There's something sly about sloping away. Something slippery and slouching and sliding and sleuth-like. Something almost slithery; and definitely something slinking.

Why do so many of those rather similar words begin sl? There must surely be a reason. I've no idea what it is, myself, but they're lovely words to say, anyway.

To slope away (or off). This word is a shortened form of the old English word aslope, which is related to the word āslūpen, from slūpen, to slip.

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