slither » sliver

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • “A leech-like thing slivered across his cheek, and Chekov screamed. He tried to raise his hands to wipe it away, but felt his hands restrained.” (link)
  • “Finally, his tongue lightly slivered across her folds over her thong. She let out a silent moan while pushing her hips up to his face.” (link)

See the _sliver_ >> _slither_ entry for background. The two examples above were among the 37 hits that a Google web search (on 2 April 2005) provided for “slivered across”. I admire the poetry of “slivered across” — and, for that matter, of “a slither of”.

| link | entered by Arnold Zwicky, 2005/04/02 |


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    Commentary by Chris Waigl , 2005/04/02 at 9:56 pm

    Lovely. “A leech-like thing slivered across his cheek” is almost as good as “Pour qui sont ces serpents qui sifflent sur vos têtes ?”

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