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Error Flynn: Accessed from http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an13384126 (National Library of Australia), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1351924

Accessed from http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an13384126 (National Library of Australia), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1351924

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!


Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio


  1. Jason says:

    You need to add “Errol” to your spell checker! Caption under his photo says “Error” and, yes, that is true irony!

  2. Alison Bailin says:

    Yes, Jason, we see that. However, in the free photos from Google – that was how we were asked to do it. Certainly, an error, but we copied and pasted it to ensure we followed all posting rules. We submitted a note to change it and will see if we can. Thank you.

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