Lots of people get FLOUT and FLAUNT confused. Here’s an easy way to remember which one to use – and when.
This post was inspired by reading advice from a very smart and experienced international expert who used flaunt when he should have written flout.
“If there is a dress code, you flaunt it”
I think he meant to write FLOUT – as in to not obey – to disobey or ignore.
If you FLAUNT it – you show it off.
To remember just think:
Flout = FlOUTLAW – someone who doesn’t obey a law or rule.
I know it’s simple – but simple works in remembering what word to use.
I often help people who are much smart than I am. My “skill” is helping people use simple memory devices to remember to use the correct word.
So, just remember if you disobey a law or corporate command – you don’t FLAUNT IT. YOU FLOUT IT.