Saturday, June 4, 2011

Flash is the Word

The word flash is everywhere lately.  So I compiled some.

Flash as a verb; as a noun; as an adjective; as an adverb.

Older more common uses:
Flash back, flash flood, flash card, news flash. Flashings, as in metal & rubber, for doors, windows, roofs, chimneys, etc. Flash tape, often fashion tape. Flash photography (flash bulbs, flash lamps, flash units, flash umbrellas). Flashlight.  Flash tattoo, generic tattoo designs often seen on the walls of tattoo studios.

Flash Gordon: Flash Gordon is the hero of a science fiction adventure comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond. First published January 7, 1934. Followed by various Flash comics characters. “All incarnations of the Flash can move, think, and react at superhuman speeds. Some, notably later versions, can vibrate so fast that they can walk through walls, travel through time and can also lend and borrow speed. Furthermore, all members have an invisible aura around their bodies that prevents themselves and their clothes from being affected by air friction as they move at high speed.”

Flasher: multiple meanings but probably best known for “A person who displays his or her body in a form of indecent exposure (flashing genitals, breasts, buttocks, etc.)”.

Flash, a 1980 song for a Flash Gordon movie.
Flashdance, a 1983 romantic movie about dancing.

Flashforward: a 1999 novel and a 2009 TV series.

Flash ability: a spell in Magic the Gathering, here.

Flash drive: a flash memory data storage device.

Adobe Flash:  is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages. Flash is frequently used for advertisements and games. More recently, it has been positioned as a tool for "Rich Internet Applications" ("RIAs").  A flash player is used to view the animations.

Related to Adobe Flash
Flash animation:  a “Flash cartoon is an animated film which is created using Adobe Flash or similar animation software and often distributed in the .swf file format. The term Flash animation not only refers to the file format but to a certain kind of movement and visual style which, in many circles, is seen as simplistic or unpolished. However, with dozens of Flash animated television series, countless more Flash animated television commercials, and award-winning online shorts in circulation, Flash animation is enjoying a renaissance.  Also:  Flash ads/banners, flash effects, flash earth, Flash video, flash audio, flash cookies, flash games. Flash index, FlashQuran.  The use is endless.

Flash quizzes = quick quizzes; flash test (a school quiz or a test of the flash player.)
Flash work out = quick exercise
Flashseats, a place to buy tickets, quickly.
Flash sales:  “sales in a flash. They are excellent deals, sometimes up to 70% off but they only last for a very short period of time”.  They used to be called Blue light specials, as in K Mart.

Flash prose/literature fiction and nonfiction of under 1000 words, plays of less than ten minutes in duration, and one of several journals and magazines for it.  Also, ‘daily flash’ a dose of flash prose.

Flash report; “One providing highlights of key information promptly to the responsible managerial accountant; also called exception report. An example is an exception report such as performance reports that highlight favorable or unfavorable variances. A flash report allows managers to take a corrective action for an unfavorable variance. “

Flash mob: a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment and/or satire. Coined in 2003.

Flash volunteer, get involved with your neighborhood.

Flash crash of 2010 in the stock market.  And, subsequent usage for quick stock or market downturns.

If there are some others that are interesting,  let me know. 

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