slip of the lip


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slip of the lip

An unintentional mistake made while one is speaking, such as incorrect pronunciation, word choice, or meaning. Whoops, I meant to tell my mother that she was welcome to call over next month, but I accidentally said "next Monday" instead. Oh well, she'll understand that it was just a slip of the lip. Now take your time during the oral section of your final exams; you don't want a few slips of the lip to be the reason you get a lower grade!
See also: lip, of, slip

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.