Flier and flyer - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Far out! Folks frequently flip out over wrong words that fairly fly off our tongues like flipping finches.
This one’s fairly easy, if you focus fully. A flier is something that flies. It might be a bird, a bug, a pilot, a passenger, or even an astronaut. Even a circus performer, shot from a cannon, can be a flier. But a flyer is a broadsheet, a paper ad or announcement, a circular, or another document for distribution or posting.
A flyer is also a device used in the production of twisted yarns. Of course, plenty of paper flyers may boast twisted yarns as well. But that’s another story altogether.
Take a peek at this example of appropriate usage of flier and flyer.
The flier read the safety flyer before climbing into the cockpit. Peeking through the windshield, he beheld two curious sights. A printed flyer was tucked under the windshield. And a flier of another sort had left a deposit on the glass.
“Oh, fiddlesticks!" exclaimed the flier, as he revved the jet’s engine to fly.
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