Founder / Flounder

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5 comments on this post.
  1. William:

    I believe there is a typo in your final example of the sales manager for http://www.word-detective.com/2009/04/03/founder-flounder/

  2. words1:

    Fixed it — thanks. That really didn’t make any sense, did it?

  3. Herb Reeves:

    Although “flounder” has two etymologically distinct definitions, the one meaning “fish” offers the perfect mnemonic to distinguish the two verbs, “flounder” and “founder.”

    “Flounder” is exactly what the fish does when caught and thrown on deck. (And also what my brain does when attempting to remember the spelling of “mnemonic.”)

  4. Dirk Poppen:

    Let’s make this more confusing and talk about a house foundering

  5. John Amneus:

    There’s a dangerous medical condition that horses get, called ‘foundering’. If I recall correctly, it occurs when the horse eats too much. Presumably, it shares the general meaning of ‘sinking’, or ‘going down’. Any idea when this usage began?

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