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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  23/FEV/2009 9:29 PM
Assunto:  Slender vs Slim.
 
Mensagem: 

 Don´t know for certain, Henry.

 Firstly, the Longman says so.

 The second  reason is, I searched the Web (Forums and stuff) and there are no agreement about the subject.  But all that I saw/read points to the fact that SLIM  seems more atractive/popular.

   In one Forum, somebody says that Slender have more to do genetics and slim more to do exercises/diets etc.

   In other... see for yourself:

http://www.eduqna.com/Words-Wordplay/1298-2-words-4.html


I'd say that if you can readily see a persons bones through their skin- they're dangerously thin & need to see a physician. A slender (or natually thin) person who's heathy but otherwise lacking in curves- is probably just genetically predisposed to be that way.


If you can see each lumbar of their spine, that's considered "skinny/bony". It's unhealthy, but it seems to be a popular state. If you are considered "slim/slender", you are likely an active person, many people in this state like to exercise or play sports.

 

And also there´s an important thing.  English language favor the English words, to their

"abroad" counterpart (let´s say, Latin, French, etc).  If there are two words to the same thing likely the English is preffered to e.g. its French counterpart.

 

Thus Slim Origin:
1650–60; < D slim sly, (earlier) crooked (c. G schlimm bad, (earlier) crooked)   

 

And

Slender is from French origin.

Imagine which one would be the favored? 

Anyway, it is in theory,  from the knowledge of English story.

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Apart from all this, we can see for instance, that in Dictionary.com there are 9 hits to slender and 5 to slender (but,it may be a coincidence).

Well, Henry I´ll let it at that, the linguist from Longman may know best.

 

See you around.  PP

 


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Slender  –  Henry  23/FEV/2009, 7:33 PM
Slender vs Slim.  –  PPAULO  23/FEV/2009, 7:47 PM
Slender vs Slim.  –  Henry  23/FEV/2009, 8:36 PM
 Slender vs Slim.  –  PPAULO  23/FEV/2009, 9:29 PM
Slender vs Slim.  –  PPAULO  23/FEV/2009, 9:30 PM
Slender vs Slim.  –  Henry  24/FEV/2009, 9:24 AM
Slender vs Slim.  –  PPAULO  24/FEV/2009, 10:07 AM
Slender vs Slim.  –  Dale/CR  24/FEV/2009, 3:22 PM
Slender vs Slim.  –  LIMA  24/FEV/2009, 4:01 PM
Slender vs Slim.  –  Dale/CR  24/FEV/2009, 4:27 PM

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