I had this realization recently about some words that are occasionally confused. It’s not entirely precise, but perhaps generally true:
Flaunt is to blatant as flout is to flagrant.
Filed under Grammar & language
Not bad, not bad. Though some credit would have been apropos.
Fisk may have drawn attention to similar-sounding word pairs blatant versus flagrant and flaunt versus flout, but I was attempting to highlight the relationships between the words (a relationship more of meaning than of sound) as I have them paired.
Fair enough. You went beyond the explicit correlations I drew.
(Let it not escape your attention, however, that all nuances of the English language are ever-present to my mind by a solitary act of intuition.)
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