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.
Word Archaeology: flak
March 21, 2021