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Fabric words used metaphorically

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flannel
woolly
cotton
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flannel

PRONUNCIATION:
(FLAN-l)

MEANING:
noun: Nonsense; evasive talk; flattery.

ETYMOLOGY:
Besides the fabric, the word flannel can refer to a washcloth, an undergarment, or trousers, but here we are interested in its metaphorical sense which apparently developed from the soft and smooth texture of the fabric. The origin of the word flannel remains fuzzy. Two possible derivations have been suggested: from Welsh gwlanen (woolen article) or from Old French flaine (a kind of coarse wool, blanket).

USAGE:
"Commissioned by the Blair economic team, the report is just what the doctor ordered. No flannel. No spin."
Peter Koenig; Honeymoon With the Economy is Over For Blair; The Independent (London, UK); Nov 16, 1997.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The eye of the understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or holes, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)

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