Verboticism: Slicandsham

'Why did you tell the cleaners to come so early?'

DEFINITION: n. Redundant and often clumsy preparations made before meeting with a "professional" -- like a hairdresser, dentist or cleaning lady. v. To prepare for a meeting with a professional by trying to hide the fact that you desperately need their services.

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Pronunciation: SLIC and SHAM

Sentence: Occasionally my wife uses a cleaning service when she is really busy and she needs the place especially clean for some special event she is putting on. Every time she wants the place spic and span clean, we have to go through a slicandsham process to impress the cleaners.

Etymology: play on SPIC-AND-SPAN: a household cleaner; and also meaning immaculately clean, spotless and SLICK: done or made in a way that is clever and efficient but often does not seem to be sincere SHAM: a situation, feeling, system etc. that is not as good or true as it seems

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Comments: Slicandsham

Jabberwocky - 2009-03-26: 12:36:00
nice word

Nosila - 2009-03-26: 17:21:00
Slic word!