A few weeks ago, Abbie and I happened to both be working remotely from our respective homes over the weekend. Happy to get my project in to her for review, I noted in an email that the data was “in like Flint,” a slang term I love to use whenever I complete a task or get something important done lighting fast.
Abbie’s response knocked my socks off.
Instead of responding with a happy emoji or a “yay,” she informed me that “in like Flint” is not a slang term at all.
Eager to prove her wrong, I quickly pulled up a You Tube video snippet of the movie “In Like Flint,” a 1960s spoof on the James Bond series (think Austin Powers with less body hair). My entire life, I assumed the saying came from that movie.
But, in my Googling, something else came up – a ton of suggestions to use the term “in like Flynn” instead.
Abbie was right! While the slang term “in like Flynn” does, in fact, mean to finish something easily and quickly, it is actually believed to be in reference to Errol Flynn, a 1930s and 1940s movie star whose reputation for womanizing is perhaps even more iconic than his films. Being that this is a family website, I will let you just click here to see why the saying connects to Flynn.
Our back and forth had me laughing all weekend. It also reminded me of one of my all-time favorite HMA posts, titled The Whole Kitten Caboodle Hint – it isn’t Kitten Caboodle at all!
The post itself is hilarious, but the seemingly endless comments below the post noting all sorts of slang terms our friends and colleagues have admitted they had wrong (“taking something for granite” or “for all intensive purposes,” for example) at one time or another is priceless.
You have to check it out – and please share any slang terms you eventually learned that you had wrong too!