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What does sliving mean?
Created by celebrity Paris Hilton, sliving is a blend the slang slaying and living (your best life).
A person is sliving when they are glamorously successful, self-empowered, and fulfilled—they are “killing it” all on their own, loving every minute of it, and lookin’ good while doing it.
Where does sliving come from?
The slang slay means “to do something spectacularly well,” especially when it comes to fashion, artistic performance, or self-confidence. And the expression live one’s best life, in pop culture, is often used when someone is genuinely being themselves without caring what others may think and while doing something they unabashedly love and enjoy.
Blend slaying and living your best life together and, if you’re Paris Hilton, you get sliving. The idea, then, of sliving is living your life in a successful and fulfilling way. (Note that sliving rhymes with living.) Hilton is credited with inventing word sliving on social media on November 7–8, 2019.
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) November 8, 2019
That same day, she explained her coinage in an interview with E!News: “My new word is ‘sliving.’ It’s slaying mixed with living my best life. I am sliving, sliving it, sliving my best life, sliving single … I googled it because I was like, has anyone thought of this word yet? And it’s not a word yet.” (Well, it’s our slang dictionary now, Paris.)
In that interview, Hilton also mentioned sliving single, which adds an important layer to her word: sliving is apparently about “killing it” all on one’s own, not in need of a romantic partner for their happiness or empowerment.
Hilton continue sliving into late 2019 and early 2020. On Entertainment Tonight in December 2019, she said she trademarked sliving (no official record yet of this) and referred to her house as Slivington Manor. She also played with forms of the word: “We are slivers who slive around the world sliving it.”
One her YouTube cooking show in January 2020, Hilton taught over million of viewers how to make Sliving Lasagna. That month, Hilton also introduced a sliving filter on Instagram: the filter digitally places pink, heart-shaped glasses topped with the word sliving on a persons’ face.
Examples of sliving
Who uses sliving?
Paris Hilton loves to use sliving in the media and online (as the hashtag #sliving), especially when she is doing something particularly glamorous, fun, or great in some way. In interviews, Hilton often plays with grammatical forms of the word, e.g., I slive, I am sliving, you are a sliver.
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) November 13, 2019
Fans of Paris Hilton also use the slang, often when directly praising her.
paris hilton has a youtube channel. she is sliving it.
— yoohan's sleepy boy. 😇 (@NAHDRUL) January 28, 2020
— Zach Roosa (@Hamcake2445) January 22, 2020
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