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Recent Examples of flack from the Web
The Trump era is one of indelicacy, profanity, and real—not imagined—misogyny, and its flacks deserve a language that matches up.
The show is populated by a truly loony cast of characters, most of whom come from very different worlds than the relatively privileged producers and flacks who populated 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
For the first time in 2018, the Fire put together a performance worthy of more praise than flack, almost putting together the complete-game effort Paunovic and the players have been calling for.
If the White House is serious about supporting an initiative, shouldn't its flacks have all the info at their fingertips?
Snapchat took a lot of flack for its redesign, including from celebrity users like Chrissy Teigen and Kylie Jenner.
The campaign quarantined the press on a separate bus and, later, a separate plane, often without even an accompanying flack to answer basic questions.
His teams at NextGen and Need to Impeach include flacks and Obama veterans, even a body man who keeps his Honest Tea at the ready.
While Google rightly gets a lot of flack for its scattered approach to messaging, its to-do list offerings have been a close second for sprawling, scrambled efforts.
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Did You Know?
The word flack was first used as a noun meaning "publicity agent" during the late 1930s. According to one rumor, the word was coined in tribute to a well-known movie publicist of the time, Gene Flack. Another rumor holds that flack derives from a similar-sounding Yiddish word for someone who talks about someone else's affairs. The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries remain skeptical about these claims and have listed the etymology of flack as "unknown." We can say with confidence, however, that the verb form of the word appeared in Maclean's in 1963. You may also be familiar with another "flack" - a noun meaning "criticism" or "opposition." This unrelated homograph stems from a misspelling of "flak," a German acronym and English word for antiaircraft guns.
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: a person whose job is to make people like or be interested in someone or something
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