Revised as of 1 September 2017
I’m guessing that the author who wrote that her character flecks his muscles did not mean to point out flecks of light glistening on his muscles. But that’s just a guess.
The most common perception of a fleck is of small flashes of light reflecting off small patches of color, bits of gold, crystals, a glint from a window, and a fleck can also be tiny pieces of color. Flecks of charcoal or soot. Flecks of cake where the baby dropped his crumbly handful. Verb-wise, it is the act of creating small patches of color. Some artists might consider spattering a form of flecking.
Flex is always going to be bendy, whether it’s bending a length of wiring cable or bending one’s joints, for good or ill. I must confess my first thought when reading flex is of some hunky guy contracting and releasing his muscles. Yep, it’s a yummy sort of thought *grin*.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Plural for the noun and third person present verb for fleck
Noun 1; Verb, transitive 2
|Noun 3, 4;
Verb, intransitive & transitive
A very small patch of color or light
[British] A flexible insulated cable used for carrying electric current to an appliance 3
The action or state of flexing 4
His blue eyes had gray flecks in them.
Flecks of sunshine lit up the shade under the willow tree.
She was brushing a few flecks of dandruff from his suit.
Has he installed the flex yet?
add rigidity and eliminate brake flex.
She watched, fascinated, as a muscle flexed in his jaw.
You should always set windows in rubber so they flex during an earthquake.
It’s weirdly fascinating to watch bodybuilders flexing their muscles.
This culture is known for their flexed burials.
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English. The noun 1 is possibly from the Old Norse flekkr while the verb 2 could be from the Old Norse flekka or from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch vlecke.||3 Early 20th century as an abbreviation of flexible.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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