Discussion in 'English Only' started by Janka, Jan 24, 2007.
is there any difference between these two words? Aren't they just synonyms?
For me, a flyer is just one (small) sheet of usually glossy paper, advertising an event of some kind. A leaflet could be a flyer, but could also be something larger (like a brochure), less focused on a social occurrence, and not necessarily about advertising .. all IMHO.
Flyer is often used for music events and trendy shops, a leaflet might be handed out by a less trendy shop or a church, I can not imagine a CoE "flyer".
You may also hear pamphlet (a great and silly word) and circular.
Apart from that, they are certainly very similar, they are synonyms.
If you can't imagine a CoE "flyer", then why are they synonyms?
What is CoE?
A synonym is not always "the same" but instead can be similar. They are similar, but they may not be the same.
Perhaps you might like to check the meaning of synoynm in the dictionary?
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/synonym "a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language"
My apologies CoE is Church of England
Oh, alright then.
I was more under the impression that they had to be close enough in meaning and context to be basically interchangeable. I see how they're in the same "family", of course, but I wouldn't use one for the other. Or maybe that's just through usage?
Thanks a lot.
A flyer is what is usually described in America as a handbill, as such it is small sized and not folded. A leaflet is any small paper information source that is folded one or more times.
A leaflet..a leaf of paper? one sheet folded?
Some flyers are double sheeted. They certainly are called flyers when handed out after club nights.
It seems to me that in modern BE usage a flyer can be associated with anything "cool" "hip" "happening" (for "the yoof") no matter how many sheets of paper, glossy or otherwise it might contain.
A leaflet can also be one sheet of flat paper.
A flyer can be folded
"We can also die cut, perforate, crease or fold your flyer"
I reckon that those in the industry should know.
To quote myself from a previous post should implies that a thing should happen - but possibly/probably will not. Or even certainly will not - as in these examples:
I should go to the gym.
I should lose some weight.
I should eat less chocolate.
I am in the industry! You can indeed fold a flyer but it would be a 'special' - the clue is in "also" in your quote. A leaflet unfolded is simply an information sheet.
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