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Malcolm Tent gets up off his lazy keister to flaunt his knowledge of

Flaunt vs. flout.  A reader sent this to us recently:

Bumper sticker seen in Charlottesville, Virginia: 

GREAT WOMEN FLAUNT CONVENTION 

ACK!  I'd like to see how they actually flaunt convention, or even a convention!  

Flaunt: to display something ostentatiously.

Flout: to show contempt for a law or convention by openly disobeying or defying it.

The bumper sticker creator surely meant flout.  Here's what the Microsoft Encarta College Dictionary has to say about the two words:

When expressing the idea of shameless or ostentatious display, the correct choice is flaunt.  In terms of openly disobeying or defying a law or convention, only flout is the correct choice.

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