A few weeks ago, I discovered that “flack” and “flak” mean completely different things and felt embarrassed about not having made the distinction before. Today, I discovered that I’m not the only orthographically challenged idiot walking around with a college diploma. Kelly Killoren Bensimon, who has an English degree from Columbia University’s School of General Studies, made a similar error in her BravoTV blog this week:
I got a lot of flack for wanting to know the facts about a charity in Season 2. But as you can see, if you don’t know what you are talking about (or are in it to get your own name out) — less is more.
Now, if she had read my 6 Tidbits of Info, she would have known to use “flak” instead of “flack.” But I guess she has a life and is too busy to read pedantic discourses written by unemployed bloggers or something.