A look at the definition of ‘flyer’ and ‘flier’ (BTW … ‘flyer’ shouldn’t be a handbill)

No, I’m not pointing up another error in closed captioning on television. Today, Dec. 10, 2019, I’m telling about how language changes over time. The strict definition of a “flyer” is a single thing – the name of an old-time passenger railroad train (say the Dixie Flyer). Today, most people believe it is a handbill. No. No. No. The traditional definition of a handbill is “flier” – and it also means an aviator (pilot). Of course, because it has become part of daily speech and recognized as such (just as “decimate” should mean to destroy completely — it originally meant to take out 1-in-10, so no destruction). In any case, remember that “flyer” isn’t that annoying piece of paper under your windshield wiper and it is the name of train you’ve never seen. I took this photo off our TV here in Naples, Fla., on Dec. 7, 2019, during a commercial. Click here for my photos of errors in closed captioning on TV … (Remember: Click on the image for a bigger version – then click on that one for the full-size photo.)

Disney1 | Disney2 | Disney3 | Disney4 | Disney5 | Disney6 | Disney7
Disney8 | Disney9 | Disney10 | Disney11 | Disney12 | Disney13 | Disney14
Disney15 | Disney16 | Disney17 | Disney18 | Disney19 | Disney20 | Contrails
Naples1 | Naples2 | Naples3 | Naples4 | Naples5 | Naples6 | Naples7 | Naples8
DriveTime1 | DriveTime2 | NYC | China | Europe | UF Gators | Miami Dolphins
Halloween Horror Nights | Cruises | D.C. |  Sunrises | Sunsets | My movie reviews

© Chuck Curry and A Gator in Naples, 2019.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without
express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner
is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that
full and clear credit is given to Chuck Curry and A Gator in Naples
with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.