horizon wrote: ...The weatherman on Radio 4 used "slippy" this morning. Is this a northernism (as opposed to slippery)?
In the first dictionary I consulted, (a Chambers from the 1960's) under the general entry for "slip," I found:
adjs. slippery. slippy, so smooth or slimy .....
PS in the search for greater knowledge (AKA to try to discover what on earth this was all about) I consulted all three editions of Fowler whre it is not mentioned (although I'll be careful in future not to hyphenate "first slip" (when used to describe the placing of a fielder in cricket.) Partridge In Usage and Abusage) noted that the Concise Oxford Dictionary describes "slippy for slippery" as vulgar. Oh dear. What is the world coming to?