Editor, Index-Tribune:

Surely the headline in the Jan. 3 edition of the Index-Tribune should read, “Sonomans flout wood-burn rules.” To flaunt is “to exhibit ostentatiously; show off.” To flout is “to show contempt for; scoff at; scorn.”

Yes, people often use “flaunt” when they mean “flout,” but in my opinion, it hasn’t quite achieved the status of standard, accepted usage.

Saying or writing “flaunt” for “flout” could be considered flaunting one’s ignorance. But perhaps I’m just a hidebound linguistic fossil.

James Pendergast