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Sleight vs. Slight

June 2017
Spot the Error

Shayla amazed her co-workers when, with a smooth slight of hand, she made a pen materialize out of nowhere.

Slight of hand means that Shayla has tiny hands.

The appropriate word for the “magic pen” sentence above is sleight. Sleight of hand refers to the manual dexterity required for close-up magic tricks.

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