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Thursday word: sleiveen

sleiveen or sleeveen (SLEE-veen) - n., a dishonest person, a trickster.


Mostly Irish and Newfoundland usage, and not surprisingly comes from Irish/Gaelic -- specifically slíghbhín or, to use modern spelling, slíbhín, from sliabh, mountain, with the strong implication that the person is rural. I can't help wonder whether the producers of Doctor Who knew the word when the created the slitheen, though that's pronounced with stress on the second syllable. Not being Newfie or Irish, I can't give a very good usage example.

---L.
Tags: irish, noun, s
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