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.)
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