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Floss

verb; sound symbolism
To move with ease, usually in a social gathering; to slide, glide, go, or walk. Possible reason used: The verb to floss means to clean in between your teeth by sliding a waxed string in between them. The noun floss is a waxed piece of string. A name brand of floss is Glide. All of these definitions pertain to being smooth, clean, and moving easily in tight places. “Floss” was used so the speaker could look cool by both using a new word and making it look easy to maneuver through social gatherings. “Floss” is related to “flit” by sound (both begin with “fl”) and meaning (both indicate moving around lightly or smoothly with ease).
 
Let’s floss on over to Martel.
Etymology : Sound symbolism from “fl” meaning ‘with a wavering motion’. Metaphorical extension from verb to floss, as in flossing one’s teeth.
Source : conversation with my friend Pugi
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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