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“Город, смород” vs. “град, смрад” — is there any rhyme and reason behind all the metatheses of Modern Russian vs. Old Church Slavonic?

I am sure you've come across these word pairings before: город — град смород — смрад скользкий — склизкий ворота — врата ворон — враний ворог — враг холод — хлад (cf. хладнокровный) and so on and so ...
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Is “склизкий” still alive and doing well?

When I was a child in a Russian school, склизкий was sort of the textbook example of a dialectal variation. We always found it very peculiar. Dal gives this: СКОЛЬЗИТЬ, скользнуть, скалзывать; или ...