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#1 2008-04-18 14:07:24

Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

Fall out of FLAVOR (favor)

(I was inspired to check on this one after seeing the string using “fall out of favor.” We’ve also touched upon the favor/flavor interchange in the past—going the other direction. Finally, I did post “curry flavor” before as part of another string.)

The expression “fall out of favor” means “be disgraced,” but it also seems to take on the milder meaning “no longer prefered.” The substitution of “flavor” for “favor” draws more upon the latter, and “flavor” is used in the sense of “character” ...I would even suggest that it might connote “fashion.”

So, in the examples below, the modified idiom takes on the meaning “fall out of fashion.”

Spelt is Elite : TreeHugger
It fell out of flavor due mass agricultural practices because it needs to be dehulled and has a lower grain yield. Yet spelt (Triticum spelta) actually ……. – 61k – Similar pages … _elite.php

Time to make the matzo
These exotic animals are halachically kosher, but fell out of flavor on kosher menus within the last 200 years. He and his partner Zivotofsky have been … – 14k – Similar pages

Chevy Monte Carlo Parts: High Intensity Chevy Monte Carlo En…
But the ill-fated muscle car era fell out of flavor in Detroit as the world realized the finite supply of petroleum. People began to seek smaller engines …… – 29k – Similar pages … rlo_Parts/

Rick Burnett, CPM®, CCIM®, RPA®, CSM®
When the format fell out of flavor nationwide during the 1980s, the frequency enjoyed success with several rock music formats. ... – 25k – Similar pages

Elemental Swords – Guild Wars Forums – GW Guru
Nov 4, 2006 … And along with being too flashy, FDS fell out of flavor because (a) Hilt could not be changed, and (b) It wasnt as rare as initially thought …… – 95k – Similar pages … t=10071589

Fred Robledo Talks Prep Sports
Well, they fell out of flavor for a while but the Chargers have spent the past three weeks beating Claremont, West Covina and Los Altos. ... – 121k – Similar pages

Last edited by jorkel (2008-04-18 14:09:37)



#2 2008-04-18 14:20:34

Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

Re: Fall out of FLAVOR (favor)

It might help to approach this from a slightly different angle…

Since the intended meaning seems to be “fall out of fashion,” I would suggest that this is the target idiom for the meaning. But, perhaps the other idiom “fall out of favor” runs interference on a cognitive level. Perhaps we end up with a bit of an idiom blend where “flavor” serves as a proxy for “fashion.”



#3 2008-04-21 17:31:05

From: Colorado
Registered: 2007-09-05
Posts: 285

Re: Fall out of FLAVOR (favor)

I wonder how much “Flavor of the Month” is influencing this reshaping/idiom blend? It is often used somewhat disparagingly to refer to someone (or something) that is popular or trendy at the moment with the idea that his or its moment in the spotlight/fifteen minutes of fame will soon be over…

Feeling quite combobulated.



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