wordy wednesday: flash in the pan

Today’s idiom: flash in the pan

Meaning: flashy, with no real substance and a disappointing result

Origin: A fanciful origin story comes from the California Gold Rush in the 19th century.  It turns out that the real meaning comes from a flintlock musket, which had a small pan for the gunpowder.  If the gunpowder flared up without firing a bullet, this was called a “flash in the pan.”

Sources: phrases. wiktionary


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