I took this picture of my niece Isabel months ago, but I thought it was perfect for this week's Writing Wednesday post.
Since I buy quite a few of my accessories and clothes online from daily deal sites, I've been seeing a trend lately that really steams my clams (can you name that movie?): the misuse of the words flair and flare.
I think people often confuse the words because flare can be a noun, adjective and a verb. Here are some examples:
- Lindsay's temper flared when she saw her new blanket trampled on the floor.
- Flare jeans flatter very few figures.
- The survivors shot off an emergency flare when they saw a plane overhead.
Flair, on the other hand, is used to describe an aptitude for something or a remarkable style. It can also refer to the metal buttons you pin on your backpack (or vest, if you're living in 1998). Here are some examples of using flair properly:
- You certainly have a flair for the dramatic.
- Wanda dresses with flair and pizzazz.
- Isabel has a flair all her own — especially in a flared princess dress.
Do you see these words misused? How do you remember the difference?