Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 29 00:51:22 UTC 2013

On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM, Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at nb.net> wrote:

> I think that's probably the wrong "flitter".
> DARE (v. 2, p. 482) shows "flitter", variant of "fritter", meaning
> fritter or flapjack, and "flat as a flitter" = "very flat" (like "flat
> as a pancake", I guess).
> "Flat as a flitter" has examples in DARE from 1906 and later and DARE
> says "flitter" = "flapjack" is "chiefly South Midland".

I agree, Doug. My WAG is that the "fritter" > "flitter" because of "flat,"
if you know what I'm saying.

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