Posted by: episystechpubs | January 8, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Flesh vs. Flush (Yuck!)

I’m not sure what it is about this topic, but it comes up year after year around the holidays. Today we’re talking about “fleshing out” vs. “flushing out.” Merriam-Webster’s list of Top 10 Commonly Confused Words of last year rated it the number one most confusing set of terms. Here is their explanation:

Flesh Out vs. Flush Out

Question:

To provide more details, should you flush out or flesh out your plan?

Answer:

flesh out

How to remember it:

Think of fleshing out a skeleton. To flesh out something is to give it substance, or to make it fuller or more nearly complete.

To flush out something is to cause it to leave a hiding place, e.g., "The birds were flushed out of the tree." It can also be used figuratively, as in "flush out the truth."

For my last article on this topic (complete with the Ty-D-Bol man) see:

https://episystechpubs.com/2012/12/05/editors-corner-flesh-and-flush/

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

619-542-6773 | Ext: 766773

www.symitar.com

NOTICE: This electronic mail message and any files transmitted with it are intended
exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. The message,
together with any attachment, may contain confidential and/or privileged information.
Any unauthorized review, use, printing, saving, copying, disclosure or distribution
is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please
immediately advise the sender by reply email and delete all copies.


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

Categories

%d bloggers like this: