slip of the lip


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slip of the lip

Also, slip of the tongue or pen . An inadvertent mistake in speaking (or writing), as in It was just a slip of the lip that made me say the wrong name, or She didn't mean it; it was a slip of the tongue, or He intended to write "the honorable" but a slip of the pen turned it into "reverend." The usage with pen dates from the mid-1600s; the others are a century or so younger.
See also: lip, of, slip
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This year a silver award was earned by the October Nostalgia column, “A Slip of the Lip Will Sink a Ship,” by Dorothy Stanaitis in the Article category in the Community Organizations Division.