Posted by ESC on January 05, 2006
In Reply to: Oily slope posted by Bob on January 04, 2006
: : Hi. I'm from SLovenia, Europe and I have to translate an article which is titled: EU's oily slope. Now I don't know how to translate this title. I couldn't find a translation for it, nor could I found out what would it mean even though I found a few webpages with similar articles. I guess it's a phrase you use. Can you please explain what that means and if there's any other word that means the same. I thought it might be something similar to "slippery slope" or am I wrong? (The article is about gas and oil outputs running down in Europe and the problem that will cause) Thanks in advance.
: You are correct. The author is making a little play on words, changing the familiar phrase "slippery slope" with the specific cource of danger, oil. "Slippery slope" is a catchall term used by propagandists to warn about letting down one's guard, allowing small transgressions to become big problems.
More information in the archives under "slippery slope," including a related phrase (camel's nose) at http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/18/messages/984.html