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Technically the phrase "slopped his drink" may turn a noun into a verb but spilled is not a strong enough word. When does common usage gain acceptance? People have slopped hogs for a very long time, certainly longer than they have been texting.

See example:

Adam laughed and slopped his drink.
asked Oct 01 '13 at 17:51 Scott Skipper New member

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A word or phrase is accepted as common when enough of the readers or listeners use it in that way. Think about jargon. An industry, a company, an organization, a school, a family, or just a group of friends have certain words and phrases that all members understand. Within that group, those words are common. If you are writing for the general public, then you need to use words in a way that is widely accepted.

You have used the word correctly, but it isn't often used in that way.
If you change you sentence to "... slopped his drink all over the bar", most people would understand.


However, know that to slop a drink means to spill a drink. To slop the pigs means to give waste food to the pigs. Just because one definition is very commonly used does not mean another definition is commonly used.

link comment answered Oct 01 '13 at 20:02 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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