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Old 01-06-2014, 09:55 PM
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"Careful, your slip is showing" Suggestive?

Is it just me or is that a very sexually suggestive phrase? I'm surprised that it isn't listed in sexual harrassment policy books across the country. I'm shocked that it is used in casual and even professional conversations.

A "slip" is a woman's undergarment just like bras and panties. Undergarments cover private parts, therefore mentioning that someone's slip is showing is an inappropriate way of saying that someone is revealing their true feelings.

Whenever someone tells me that I get slightly offended, or turned on, depending on who said it.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:58 PM
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At the beginning I was going to tell you it would be no different then telling someone her shirt/sweater had fallen off her shoulder and her bra strap was showing. If telling her that is sexual harassment, then she should be written up for inappropriate attire.

But you clearly have a very different meaning for 'you're slip is showing' then I do.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:04 PM
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Also, to add, what's wrong with telling someone they're showing their true feelings or maybe talking a little more then they should and in what world what be sexual harassment? Is it sexual harassment if I tell you that I think you have your undies in a bundle over nothing.
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The word "slip" has multiple meanings. One of them is "a mistake" (derived from another meaning of slip, which is to lose your footing.) I have not heard "your slip is showing" to mean that you have revealed your true feelings, but if I did hear it in that context, I would take it to refer to "a slip of the tongue," or a mistake, not to an undergarment. Women don't even wear slips these days (try finding one in a department store), and anyway, it is O.K. to refer to a woman's underwear without harassing her, unless you're doing it in a particularly salacious way.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:29 PM
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At the beginning I was going to tell you it would be no different then telling someone her shirt/sweater had fallen off her shoulder and her bra strap was showing. If telling her that is sexual harassment, then she should be written up for inappropriate attire.

But you clearly have a very different meaning for 'you're slip is showing' then I do.
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Also, to add, what's wrong with telling someone they're showing their true feelings or maybe talking a little more then they should and in what world what be sexual harassment? Is it sexual harassment if I tell you that I think you have your undies in a bundle over nothing.
I think the OP's point is that you're using a sexual metaphor for a non-sexual situation. If somebody's slip is literally showing, there's no problem with you pointing that out. Nor do I think the OP has any problem with people expressing by some other phrase the idea that you're revealing something that should remain concealed.

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Old 01-06-2014, 10:35 PM
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I've never heard the expression used in any way other than to tell someone their slip is showing.
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Also, to add, what's wrong with telling someone they're showing their true feelings or maybe talking a little more then they should and in what world what be sexual harassment? Is it sexual harassment if I tell you that I think you have your undies in a bundle over nothing.
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I think the OP's point is that you're using a sexual metaphor for a non-sexual situation. If somebody's slip is literally showing, there's no problem with you pointing that out. Nor do I think the OP has any problem with people expressing by some other phrase the idea that you're revealing something that should remain concealed.
But did you see what I did there?
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:46 AM
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If you're in a boat race, and you overtake someone else, is it okay to tell them their ship is slowing?
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:53 AM
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If you're in a boat race, and you overtake someone else, is it okay to tell them their ship is slowing?
Sure, as long as you don't make fun of the size of their dinghy when you pass. That is sexual harassment.
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:59 AM
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I've never heard the expression used in any way other than to tell someone their slip is showing.
I haven't either. I don't even know any younger women that wear slips. The only situation I can imagine this coming up is at something like a wedding where ancient Aunt Beatrice literally has underwear sticking out and needs to be informed of it before she figures it out herself and gets the vapors.

My daughters tell all the time that my underwear (boxers) are showing when I bend over. They are correct and there is no harassment involved.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:40 AM
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Count me as another who has never heard the phrase "your slip is showing" used to mean anything other than "your slip is showing".
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:43 AM
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I don't know how universal this is, but in the UK, the way to impart this information is to say "Charlie's dead".
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:57 AM
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I don't know how universal this is, but in the UK, the way to impart this information is to say "Charlie's dead".
I thought it was "Bob's your uncle."
No?
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:28 AM
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I thought it was "Bob's your uncle."
No?
Is that a whoosh?
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:11 AM
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Is it just me or is that a very sexually suggestive phrase? I'm surprised that it isn't listed in sexual harrassment policy books across the country. I'm shocked that it is used in casual and even professional conversations.

A "slip" is a woman's undergarment just like bras and panties. Undergarments cover private parts, therefore mentioning that someone's slip is showing is an inappropriate way of saying that someone is revealing their true feelings.

Whenever someone tells me that I get slightly offended, or turned on, depending on who said it.
I suppose that use of this expression should be slightly discouraged or encouraged then.

Also, we need to be covering up table legs. They are absolutely obscenely suggestive, and bound to either discourage or encourage rape ... or at least impure thoughts, which comes to much the same thing at the end of the day.
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:23 AM
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'Pardon, Your Slip is Showing' was (is?) a section in the Reader's Digest which had examples of humorous 'slips of the tongue' from print.

http://dcourier.com/m/Articles.aspx?ArticleID=115947

From a church bulletin in a small South Carolina town: "There will be a regular monthly Deacon's Meeting next Sunday morning. It will be gin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m."

http://ephemerastudio.blogspot.com/2...igest-wit.html

The following correction appeared in a small town paper:
"Our paper carried the notice last week that Mr. Jones is a defective in the police force. This was a typographical error. Mr. Jones is really a detective n the police farce."
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:33 AM
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Is that a whoosh?
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:43 AM
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If you're in a boat race, and you overtake someone else, is it okay to tell them their ship is slowing?
Not my decision. I just listen to my coxswain.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:16 AM
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If you're in a boat race, and you overtake someone else, is it okay to tell them their ship is slowing?
And of course when you dock at your designated spot at the pier, your slip is indeed showing.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:40 AM
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Not my decision. I just listen to my coxswain.
"Stroke!"

"Stroke!"

"Stroke!"


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Old 01-07-2014, 09:13 AM
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Is it just me or is that a very sexually suggestive phrase?
It's just you.

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A "slip" is a woman's undergarment just like bras and panties.
Not really. Yes, it's underclothing, but it's an entirely different category of underclothing than a bra or panties. Bras and panties cover your private parts--slips cover your bra and panties. Even in the days when nobody left the house without a slip (and girdle, and hose, and gloves, and a hat) your slip showing wasn't an "OMG, I CAN SEE WHAT'S COVERING HER TITS AND ASS" event like someone seeing your bra or panties would have been.

And add me to the pile of folks who have never heard the phrase used in a metaphorical manner. I'd understand it to mean you're revealing more than you'd intended or than might be advisable, but I'd also think it was very odd, old-fashioned thing to say. Even people my mother's age (early 60's) don't wear slips any more.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:22 AM
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It's not a suggestive phrase. The purpose of slips was to smooth out the shape of clothes that were made without a lining.

In an era when it's not uncommon for women's bra straps to be exposed as either sloppiness or a fashion statement, I can't imagine any one taking offense at a 'slip is showing remark'.

However, since women of the LDS do wear religious undergarments, there might be an issue there that I'm unaware of.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:42 AM
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Growing up in a post-slip world, I've only ever taken it for a reference to a gaffe, recognizing its roots in a time that there would have been another meaning one could entendre.
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:14 PM
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Okay, after all the people saying women don't wear slips any more, I'm compelled to state that I sometimes wear a half-slip. I favor very thin cotton dresses and skirts. And if I don't wear a slip, in a strong light I'll look like that infamous photo of Diana when she was still Lady Di. For me, embarrassment would be if my slip was not showing, because other things would be showing.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:06 PM
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S'okay Rilchiam, I have three petticoats and a bustle in my closet at home, and two other skirts that serve more often as petticoats than outerwear.

And yes, I do wear them to work, and no, I don't work at a renaissance faire.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:15 PM
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I realize I'm pretty much alone in thinking this but for some reason I think slips are endearingly sexy, almost to the point that I'd rather see a woman in a slip than in lingerie. My wife sometimes wears one to spark interesting times, as did a former girlfriend. So...maybe there is a little to it.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:36 PM
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I guess I'm just terminally behind the times, but I had no idea that "your slip is showing" had any meaning other than "pardon me, but your undergarment can be seen sticking out from beneath the hem of your skirt; you might want to correct that so as not to look unkempt".
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:00 PM
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If you're in a boat race, and you overtake someone else, is it okay to tell them their ship is slowing?
And, if the fog lifts over the lake, providing a view of your boat's resting location, you can say 'Your slip is showing.'
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:42 PM
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This sounds like the Nantucket edition of an Emily Post manners book circa 1952.

Sailboat Captain (in a Thurston Howell accent): Madam, pardon me but your slip is showing.

Wealthy Madam: Well I never!

Captain: Shall I say you never will!

(The madam faints and has to be revived with smelling salts)

I can see how such a thing might be considered mildly uncouth in certain polite society but I am certain it isn't a grave insult to the younger ladies of today. Most of the finishing schools have adapted their curriculum to accommodate the fact that not all vague allusions to undergarments are grounds for a blacklisting on the Social Register let alone proper grounds to involve the barristers.

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Old 01-08-2014, 12:43 AM
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Okay, after all the people saying women don't wear slips any more, I'm compelled to state that I sometimes wear a half-slip. I favor very thin cotton dresses and skirts. And if I don't wear a slip, in a strong light I'll look like that infamous photo of Diana when she was still Lady Di. For me, embarrassment would be if my slip was not showing, because other things would be showing.
You can take my half slips out of my cold dead hands. Especially because clothing manufacturers are trying to keep costs down and often don't line skirts/dresses these days.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:45 AM
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There was a code for "Your slip is showing" when I was growing up: "I hear it's snowing down south."

This avoided the awkward embarrassment of a gentleman mentioning a lady's undergarment to her face, and her having to acknowledge in public that she wore anything so salacious as undergarments.

Times have changed. Now it's, "Hey, your thong is showing above your jeans."

"I know. Do you think it matches my bra?"
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Old 01-08-2014, 02:11 AM
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I've never heard it used salaciously either. For men it is "your fly is open" also not sexual. (Except in the Lenny Bruce joke.)

Anyhow, today (given the post just above this) it would be "OMG, your slip is not showing!"
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For me personally, I didn’t even know what a slip was until embarrassingly late in life.

For that I blame the cartoons.

I remember a Looney Tunes episode where Yosemite Sam is prancing about in the desert wearing clothing suitable for the location and Bugs remarks to him, “Your slip is showing” at which point, Sam quickly pulls down his under garment and slinks away red-faced.

Problem was, as a kid I heard it as “Your slippers’ showing” which fit the context of the scene and made sense to my juvenile mind.

Flash forward many years later, I’m with my college-age girlfriend we are in the audience for some presentation and one of the seated participants drew the attention of my girlfriend who noted to me that the lady’s slip is showing.

I looked at the woman’s feet and said, “Are you crazy? She’s not wearing slippers.”

Her: What?
Me: Huh?
Her: What are you talking about?
Me: What are YOU talking about?

My girlfriend then had to educate me on other aspects of women’s under garments of which I had been blissfully unaware up until that point.
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If you're in a boat race, and you overtake someone else, is it okay to tell them their ship is slowing?
If the Nielsens come back and you see that someone's ratings are lower than in previous weeks, is it OK to tell them "Your show is slipping?"
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My daughters tell all the time that my underwear (boxers) are showing when I bend over. They are correct and there is no harassment involved.
Thank you, sir, for showing undergarments and not what's under them.
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...I'm compelled to state that I sometimes wear a half-slip. ...
I think I speak for most of the fed-up men here when I say "Down with half-slips!"
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I realize I'm pretty much alone in thinking this but for some reason I think slips are endearingly sexy, almost to the point that I'd rather see a woman in a slip than in lingerie. My wife sometimes wears one to spark interesting times, as did a former girlfriend. So...maybe there is a little to it.
You just reminded me of something I hadn't thought of in some twenty years...

Which is a story I can't tell in public.

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I think I speak for most of the fed-up men here when I say "Down with half-slips!"
Up is a more likely direction.
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Okay, after all the people saying women don't wear slips any more, I'm compelled to state that I sometimes wear a half-slip. I favor very thin cotton dresses and skirts. And if I don't wear a slip, in a strong light I'll look like that infamous photo of Diana when she was still Lady Di. For me, embarrassment would be if my slip was not showing, because other things would be showing.

I was thinking the same thing as I read everyone's responses. In addition to preventing thin dresses from being see through, I wear them in the winter to keep my dress from sticking to my tights.

For the record, I would want someone to tell me that my slip was showing and I wouldn't be turned on not offended.
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I've never heard the expression used in any way other than to tell someone their slip is showing.
Exactly.
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I've never heard the expression used in any way other than to tell someone their slip is showing.
I have heard it, but only is a very smarmy way, like the person thinks it's the funniest thing in the world. "Looks like your slip is showing! Ha ha ha ha ha!"
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:48 PM
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Growing up, it was used to put down another guy.

"Watch it, Clarance. Your slip is showing".
Stop acting like a girl.
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I have heard it, but only is a very smarmy way, like the person thinks it's the funniest thing in the world. "Looks like your slip is showing! Ha ha ha ha ha!"
In the 50's in the UK a mate of mine used to say this to girls just to embarrass them, one day a quick witted young girl responded with,"So is your fathers", which cured him of that habit.
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:26 PM
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@ OP, do people ask you this when you are sitting spread eagled, knees at 10 and 2?

I'm pretty sure it's only sexual harassment if you are offended, you tell them that you are offended and they keep making same the remarks after you advised them not to.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:51 AM
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I'd rather see a woman in a slip than in lingerie.
But slips are lingerie....
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there's many a slip 'twixt dress and drawers going around my head now
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I find women wearing a slip as being very sexy. Does anyone know why?
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I find it weirdest that the OP references slips as being sexual harassment, but then uses the phrase to describe feelings, but still wants it to be under sexual harassment.

Make up your mind!

I always wear basketball shorts underneath my pants/shorts, and sometimes they bballs are longer than my shorts, so my mom would always call me out on it by saying "your slip is showing".

Actually, now that I think about it, this happened to me literally last weekend....
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Look, a slip was supposed to be hidden. Sometimes it might drop down a bit, so it went below the hem of the skirt. "You're slip is showing" is a neutral phrase indicating that the woman needed to adjust things. There never was anything sexual about it.
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If you're in a boat race, and you overtake someone else, is it okay to tell them their ship is slowing?
And if they are using the boat to transport some cocktail ingredients, would you tell them their sloe is shipping?
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Vintage 2014 zombie. Resurrected to say "I find women in slips sexy".

Anyone got a convenient stake?
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