Word Archaeology: flak

This word, first used about 1938, is derived from the German phrase “fliegerabwehrkanonen”, a combination of “flieger” (flyer), “abwehr” (defense), and “kanonen” (cannons). It refers to anti-aircraft cannons and the bursting shells from those cannons. In modern times, the term “flak” also can be used to describe criticism or opposition.

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