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"Flout" Versus "Flaunt"

A trick for remembering the difference between "flaunt" and "flout."

By
Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read

 

Flaunt and flout sound similar but don’t mean the same thing.

When you flaunt yourself, your wealth, or your accomplishments, you’re parading them in front of people—showing off.

Flout means “to disregard, scoff at, mock, or show scorn.” A rebel flouts rules and laws.

Quick and Dirty Tip

Remember that you flout laws by linking the "out" in "flout" with the idea of being outside society.

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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