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Flier vs. Flyer

Wright "Flyer" (1903)

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Have you ever been confused with the difference between FLIER and FLYER? Let’s look at the definitions first—and then how to remember the difference!


FLIER means: something that flies through the air; or a person who flies something, such as an airplane

FLYER means: an informational paper to be put into circulation


How do we distinguish between the two? How can we remember the difference between the two? What can prompt our memory to get it right every time? Word tricks have always helped me. Check out the word tricks that follow:

A FLIER flies through the sky, so he had better have EYES.
Always use “i” to spell FLIER!

The question “WHY?” may be answered by an informational FLYER.
Always use “y” to spell FLYER!

Maybe not the most catchy, but I had to come up with something to keep them straight! Hope it helps you!


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  1. October 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I just love your “helps” that you post! Hope you’re having a sunny day 😉 Much love and hugs to you!

    • October 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      Actually having a rainy day, but still smiling inside. 🙂

  2. October 3, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I like your post very much. Thank you for quality information.

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