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slider – sostantivo

The saucy meatball sliders ($15) at this tiny West Village perch are famous.

Made with quality ingredients the slider or mini burger is a delicious alternative to fast food.

The slider bun is … flat on top, uniform in size from top to bottom, and much easier to fit in your mouth.

To serve, fill the slider buns with pork and top with sweet pickles.

Slider ha molti significati letterali e di ambito specialistico, dal baseball all’informatica. Si chiama slider anche la calzatura tipo ciabatta oggi piuttosto trendy e un tipo di tartarughina d’acqua dolce americana. Di recente un altro significato del termine, sempre di provenienza americana, si è fatto strada nell’inglese britannico: quello di mini hamburger, che si usa per farcire un panino detto anch’esso slider o slider bun. Il panino (bun) è soffice e dolciastro e si può imbottire con altri tipi di carne, come il pulled pork, o qualsiasi altro ingrediente dolce o salato a scelta.

Consultando la voce slider sull’Oxford English Dictionary mi sono imbattuta nell’ennesimo significato del termine, uno che non ricordavo più: uno slider è un gelato biscotto, una mattonella di gelato – rigorosamente alla crema – racchiusa tra due biscotti. È da tanto che non ne vedo in vendita e non ne mangio, ma la parola mi ha riportato immediatamente ai sapori e ai profumi delle lunghe estati della mia infanzia.

Origini del termine

Slider risale ai primi del XVI secolo con il significato di skater, ovvero pattinatore/trice.

Traduzione di Loredana Riu

slider – noun

The saucy meatball sliders ($15) at this tiny West Village perch are famous.

Made with quality ingredients the slider or mini burger is a delicious alternative to fast food.

The slider bun is … flat on top, uniform in size from top to bottom, and much easier to fit in your mouth.

To serve, fill the slider buns with pork and top with sweet pickles.

Slider is a word that has many meanings, from literal and physical ones (a person or thing that slides) to more specialized terms used in baseball and computing. It is the name for a type of shoe with a strap across the front and no back, and is also the familiar name for a species of terrapin found in the US. Another meaning, also originally from the US, has become more familiar in British English too in recent years. A slider is a very small meat sandwich served on a bread roll, also called a slider or slider bun. This is a soft, small, slightly sweet bread roll, and in addition to small burgers it can be used to hold other meat, especially pulled pork, or indeed any other savoury (or even sweet) food that takes your fancy.

Browsing the OED entry for slider I came across yet another meaning that I had forgotten about. A slider is a small block of ice cream – always vanilla – held between two wafers and eaten like a sandwich, an alternative to the cornet where a scoop of ice cream is licked from an edible cone. I haven’t seen, let alone eaten one for decades, but the word immediately conjured up the smells and tastes of the long, hot summers of my childhood.

Origin

Slider is a comparatively old word, first used in English in the early 16th century to mean a skater.

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