MR.CARNEY: And the President is interested in strengthening Social Security for the long term in ways that preserve the promise of the program and don’t slash benefits.
Q: What does ‘slash’ mean?
MR.CARNEY: Haven’t you got, like, a dictionary app on your iPhone?
Q: Well, it’s a word that you use instead of ‘cut.’
MR.CARNEY: 'Slash’ is, I think, quite clear. It’s slash. It’s like that. It’s a significant whack. I’m not going to put a numerical figure on it.
Q: So it means a significant cut.
MR.CARNEY: It’s slash. And I don’t mean the guitarist.