Flaunt that Rule!
For the past two weeks, I have
looked at Warren Clements' "Hall of Shame" from his column, Word
Play, published Saturdays in The Globe and Mail newspaper. Here's
a third member.
We all know people who like to
flaunt their wealth. And, often, the same ones doing the flaunting
also do some flouting! What do I mean? To flaunt means to show
something off (usually something expensive or rare). To flout
means to disregard or disobey a rule.
So, a person driving a fancy
Mercedes Benz sports car can both flaunt their wealth and, very
often, flout the speed limit at the same time.
But, whatever you do, don't confuse
flaunt with flout or you'll become the next member of Clements'
"Hall of Shame"!
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