Word Press: Fillip
When someone flicks a finger at a marble, they are doing a “fillip,” which propels the round object at targets across the ring. I always called this simply a “finger flick,” but came across the word in the Wall Street Journal, where it was used in a business article. Fillip meant that at one time margarine was a boost to Unilever’s revenues. Having never heard the word “fillip” in that context, it was time to google and I found some additional references to the word. The dictionaries referred to the word as both a noun and a verb (note that two of three definitions are considered archaic):
|Synonyms: stimulus, stimulation, boost, incentive, impetus|
More currently, the word is even referred to on Facebook among its vintage collection.
Last Christmas we filliped our way through a game of Jenga, where the winner successfully and artfully filliped the blocks at each turn. Who knew that this old word would get new meaning?
May this year be a fillip to your fortunes, wherever they may lie.