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Made Up Word of the Day: Slate

April 1, 2009

SLATE /sleɪt/ Pronunciation [sleyt] IPA noun, verb, slat⋅ed, slat⋅ing.
1. a portmanteu combining the two words, “slow” and “late”
2. when combined together, describes a person who is often tardy and moves at a snail’s pace, particularly when his friends and/or wife are waiting impatiently for him to keep an appointment

His bowling team purposely told Ted to get to the alley a half hour early, knowing as they did Ted’s tendency to be slate.

This word was coined by an exasperated college friend while we were standing outside of our college cafeteria waiting for another friend who was late to lunch for something like the 15th time during our sophomore year.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jill permalink
    April 1, 2009 9:42 am

    Slate is a great made up word. Especially since you’ve decided only men can be slate: “his friends and/or his wife”.

  2. April 1, 2009 9:51 am

    It’s true…only men can be
    “slate”. Women, by contrast, are much more likely to be “lurry”. (That’s a combination of “late” and “in a hurry”.) It’s just a difference in degree of haste.

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