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Mar 4 2009   5:24PM GMT

Which is correct — flack or flak?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
The CEO knew she was likely to get some ______ over her substantial bonus.
a. flak
b. flack

Answer: a
In this context, flak means harsh criticism. (The original meaning of flak is anti-aircraft artillery.) A flack, on the other hand, is a publicist or press agent.

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