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16 / 06 / 2010

FLIP-FLOP: meaning and examples

Hello again.  

Today's word is: flip-flop (Spanish = chancletas)

Meaning: a type of sandal that has a strap that goes between the big toe and the toe next to it.

Example 1:
I know the restaurant is right next to the beach, but they don't allow people with bathing suits and flip-flops to enter. Please change before you come to lunch.

In some dialects, especially in the US, flip-flops can also be called thongs. The problem is that in other dialects, in the UK for example, a thong is a pair of women's knickers or men's underpants that have a very narrow strip of fabric at the back (Spanish = tanga). 

Example 2:
Barack: Hello David. Welcome to the White House. Unfortunately, you can't enter wearing thongs.
David: What are you talking about? I'm not wearing a thong, and if I was you wouldn't be able to see it anyway.
Barack: I'm sorry David, I meant the flip-flops. You can't enter the dining room with that type of shoe.

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