Thursday, April 7, 2016

A-to-Z Challenge: F

Okay, and now flip. Starting to flag here. Ooh, maybe I should have done flag…

Flip showed up in the late sixteenth century, meaning, and I’m totally serious here, to toss with the thumb or to fillip. Fillip. That’s an actual word. Apparently it means flicking your fingernail of your thumb. Wow. Okay. I just need to let that sink in there for a minute.

Anyway, it’s not really sure where it comes from before that. It could be from the word flap or the abovementioned fillip, and it’s obviously related to flip-flop in some way. Also, to be flip, like being a smartass, is actually the shortened form of flippant. So it’s not related to the other flip in anyway.

And that’s it. It doesn’t have any origins older than English, its origins aren’t certain, and the one origin that is definite (to be flip) isn’t related to the others.

Words, man. Words.



  1. Great F word. So that's why 'flipping the finger' (not a nice thing to do) is so called. Thanks for the info.

  2. If I understood the word correctly, I found myself instinctually filliping whilst reading this (If not, I am just flicking my thumbnail.)

  3. LOL - so this one is a bit hand wavy then? You could flip a coin for it's older origins ;)
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  4. I, too, was filliping while reading your post. It just kind of happened.

  5. I've been accused of being flippant. In this case I freely admit, yes, of course I'm a smartass.

  6. I can totally be flippant at times. What? It's fun. ;)

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  7. I'm often flippant. I try not to be, but sometimes it just happens...

  8. So when you want to 'flip' someone off, you should use your thumb instead of your middle finger? Words, man, words. LOL
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  9. Interesting post. I've never heard the word fillip, or the concept of flipping a thumb!

  10. That's very interesting. How does this fillip fit in with giving something a fillip, as in an extra push? Or are they not related?

  11. I like that flip is short for flippant. Well, that one. Not the other one.


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