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Is the a slither/ sliver thread already?

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SpartacusJnr Tue 12-Jun-18 16:41:22

I keep reading about slithers of cake/cheese etc. angry

SpartacusJnr Tue 12-Jun-18 22:13:24

* Is there

Ffs nice start in pendants corner. 🙈

MarklahMarklah Tue 12-Jun-18 22:19:00

I have come across this error in published work quite recently. I was very surprised the editor didn't pick it up.
I don't know how people can confuse the two words, they've got completely different meanings.

Flashinggreen Tue 12-Jun-18 22:27:12

This is my DH’s favourite, is forever pointing it out when people get it wrong.

NorthEndGal Tue 12-Jun-18 22:30:36

Slither = what a snake does
Sliver = a small amount

No fucking idea why people mix them up, but I've been seeing it on MN more often .

alpaca44 Tue 12-Jun-18 22:41:38

I’ve always said ‘slither’....
Just checked on Oxford Dictionary Online and ‘slither’ is a noun (an informal word meaning a sliver!).
So we can use either!

SpartacusJnr Wed 13-Jun-18 08:01:30

does informal mean lots of people say it wrong, so it's added to the dictionary? wink

alpaca44 Wed 13-Jun-18 08:52:05

Haha probably!

DadDadDad Wed 13-Jun-18 10:14:13

Does the cake slither when it is really moist? <Word aversion triggered>

pigsDOfly Sat 30-Jun-18 16:29:27

I actually stopped reading a book once because the word slither kept popping up in place of sliver. In the end I stopped following the plot because I was too busy watching for the 'slithers'.

There was, it has to be said, an inordinate amount of cake being eaten throughout the book and each and every time cake appeared they took a 'slither' of the stuff.

I suspect it started being used by people who though slither sounded 'posher' than sliver. A bit like people who use 'I' when they should be using 'me' eg 'He joined Charles and I at the table'.

Needmoresleeep Sat 30-Jun-18 16:41:05

I admit, until a couple of years ago I thought the word was Slither.

Slither does sound more correct then sliver. (Which in my opinion sounds a bit slang/lazy/not pronounced correctly)
Obviously this is wrong. And I now use Sliver.

Looneytune253 Sat 30-Jun-18 18:49:26

I actually didn’t know this one and I’m quite a pedant usually.

Galvantula Fri 24-Aug-18 14:24:49

No Sainsbury's Magazine. No. Wrong.

CherryValance Fri 24-Aug-18 14:28:43

This one gives me disproportionate rage! I last saw it in a book called ‘The Silent Companions’, but I had a proof copy, so I’m hoping it was picked up before it made it to print.

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