SLAP – The Word of the Month for June 2021

Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.


To slap (sbdy): to strike with an open hand, usually in the face. 

A slap in the face(figurative): a grave insult; a shocking event. 

A slap on the wrist (figurative): a light punishment or penalty.

Slaps in the news

This month, French president Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face during a public appearance. 

Though the perpetrator will only receive a slap on the wrist, it was a slap in the face for decorum.

Don’t confuse “slap” with:

Clap: To applaud. Do this to show support, appreciation, or call a servant into your chambers. 

Snap: To make a sound with your thumb and finger; it’s what separates humans from apes. 

Spank: To strike the bum (as punishment). Gymglish was very naughty and needs a spanking please.

Reasons for slapping

More hygienic than kissing: Guys, we still need to be careful. Covid isn’t fully behind us yet. 

Express political disapproval: The old-fashioned way to politely disagree, before Facebook and Twitter.

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