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Flecks vs flex

Flecks and flex are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but have very different meanings as well as different spellings. They are homophones. We will examine the definitions of flecks and flex, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Flecks is the plural form of the word fleck, which describes a particle of something, a flake of something, a small patch of color or light. Fleck may be used as a noun or a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are flecked and flecking. The word fleck is derived from the Old Norse word flekka, which means to spot.

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Flex means to bend, to tense something such as a muscle through contraction, to warp. The word flex may be used as a noun when referring to a certain type of cable or other applications, as well as a verb. Related words are flexes, flexed, flexing. The word flex is derived as a back-formation from the word flexible. A back-formation is a word that is constructed from a word that already exists, usually by dropping a suffix.

Examples

Their ground colour ranges from pale to dark gray, or reddish brown to brownish olive with dark gray scattered flecks. (Science Daily)

But many experiences varied—the sashimi plate was gorgeous to behold, but a geoduck served raw “chowder style” was flat in a creamy sauce with flecks of bacon, while a slightly seared albacore with tiny lemon slices was sturdy and sublime. (The Portland Mercury)

She was among the roughly two dozen OCFS employee who chanted and briefly picketed outside of their offices protesting the loss of flex time schedules that previously allowed them to start work as early as 6:30 a.m. and leave at 2:30 in the afternoon. (The Times Union)

Longhorns continue to flex muscles in track and field (The Laredo Morning Times)

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