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    criticism vs. flak

    Hi all,

    Can I use 'flak' instead of 'criticism' in the following sentence:

    My main flak against his theory is that ...

    Thank you.

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    Re: criticism vs. flak

    Ex: My main flak against his theory is that ...
    Flak is received, taken or drawn; e.g., got flak for, was given flak; took flak; something/someone draws a lot of flak.

    flak - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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    Re: criticism vs. flak

    the idiom “take a lot of flak” (get strongly opposed or heavily criticized) draws its metaphorical power from the quandary of combat pilots whose aircraft are met by bursting shells (the “flak”) fired from anti-aircraft guns. In its current form, however, this collocation no longer has anything to do with combat pilots, flak, or aerial warfare; only the aspect of strong opposition is retained in its meaning and it has since been largely applied to serious intra-office or political disputes.
    I don't think you can use the word "flak" as a synonym for "criticism", out of the idiom in which it makes full sense.

    But I am not a teacher.

    By the way, the quote is taken from
    The Manila Times Internet Edition | OPINION > ENGLISH PLAIN AND SIMPLE
    Last edited by Kraken; 16-Jun-2008 at 13:56.

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    Re: criticism vs. flak

    Oops, Soup was faster!

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    Re: criticism vs. flak

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    Oops, Soup was faster!
    Collaboration is good, even if it happens that answers differ, which in this case they didn't.

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