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Saturday, August 09, 2014

slipshod

\SLIP-shod\ , adjective;
1.
careless, untidy, or slovenly: slipshod work.
2.
down-at-heel; seedy; shabby.
3.
Archaic. wearing slippers or loose shoes, especially ones worn at the heel.
Quotes:
… Buck saw a slipshod and slovenly affiar, tent half stretched, dishes unwashed, everything in disorder…
-- Jack London, The Call of the Wild, 1903
At intervals were heard the tread of slipshod feet, and the chilly cry of the poor sweep as he crept, shivering, to his early toil…
-- Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, 1839
Origin:
Slipshod is formed with the verb sense of slip "to move, flow, or go smoothly or easily" and shod, an adjective meaning "wearing shoes." Slipshod entered English in the late 1500s.
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