Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I just gotta say...Flesh Out v. Flush Out

American_standard_flowise_high_ef_2After hearing the second colleague in as many days use the term "flush out" to refer to working out a problem or making something more complete, I just gotta say..."It's 'FLESH OUT,' people!!!" As in putting meat on the bones of something.


Having been a writer/editor in the past, stuff like this gets on my nerves. I am in no way error proof, but it especially annoys me when the person, oh, has an air of superiority about them, for example. Of course, you can't point this kind of thing out without seeming like a prig. So, I stay silent, while feeling secretly superior and thinking, "Boy, am I glad I got my liberal arts degree now!" [As an aside, I wish I could get a dollar to apply to my student loan balance every time I correct a business major's writing. Ahem. Not that there aren't perfectly lovely and intelligent business students out there. Don't mind me...I just resent not having made any money.]


In review, you can "flush out" a criminal from his hiding place as the army tried to do with Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan. You can "flush out" your pipes. You can "flush out" your colon. However, you "flesh out" ideas. Okay? Thanks, I feel better now.


Lovely toilet image from: High Efficiency Toilets

8 comments:

  1. I dunno- some of the "ideas" I've heard floating around my office recently make me think the whole toilet image is more appropriate!
    Thanks for falling off the wagon for me!

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  2. Way to go -- Do you think D----- would read this.

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  3. Way to go -- Do you think D----- would read this.

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  4. Yes, often those who are flush with confidence in their cleverness end up being full of something else. Kudos to you for sticking up for misunderstood metaphors everywhere. :)

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  5. Yes, often those who are flush with confidence in their cleverness end up being full of something else. Kudos to you for sticking up for misunderstood metaphors everywhere. :)

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  6. Oh.my.gosh. I am literally astounded at the poor grammar, typos & misuse of words that I not only hear (and can see there being some leeway on), but see in writing. I was putzing in the office today & read a government poster regarding unemployment in which the word benefit was spelled "benefite"!!!

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  7. Oh.my.gosh. I am literally astounded at the poor grammar, typos & misuse of words that I not only hear (and can see there being some leeway on), but see in writing. I was putzing in the office today & read a government poster regarding unemployment in which the word benefit was spelled "benefite"!!!

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