flounder vs founder : Common Errors in English

About flounder vs founder

As a verb, “founder” means “to fill with water and sink.” It is also used metaphorically of various kinds of equally catastrophic failures. In contrast, to flounder is to thrash about in the water (like a flounder), struggling to stay alive. “Flounder” is also often used metaphorically to indicate various sorts of desperate struggle. If you’re sunk, you’ve foundered. If you’re still struggling, you’re floundering.

flounder Meaning(s)

  • (n) flesh of any of various American and European flatfish
  • (n) any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
  • (v) walk with great difficulty
  • (v) behave awkwardly; have difficulties

founder Meaning(s)

  • (n) inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
  • (n) a person who founds or establishes some institution
  • (n) a worker who makes metal castings
  • (v) fail utterly; collapse
  • (v) sink below the surface
  • (v) break down, literally or metaphorically
  • (v) stumble and nearly fall

flounder in News

  1. RFA flounder tournament was a success

    The first annual RFA Bass River Summer Flounder Tournament is now in the record books, and we can safely say that it was a grand success.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Asbury Park Press

  2. Forget the Supporting Cast, It's Time to Start Blaming LeBron James

    LeBron James has officially joined his supporting cast. For the majority of the NBA playoffs and through the first two games of the finals, James wasn't getting any help. With the exception of a Game 2 romping, he still isn't, at least not the kind he needs. Dwyane Wade —even after dropping 16 points and five assists in Game 3—and Chris Bosh continue to flounder, forcing James to lean on role ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. State Fish and Wildlife saltwater fish checks

    Salmon and saltwater Don Armeni ramp, West Seattle — June 1: June 9: Eight boats with 14 anglers caught four lingcod. Shilshole Bay ramp —June 5: One boat with one angler caught no fish; June 9: Three boats with six anglers caught two flounder. Edmonds Marina — June 7: One boat with two anglers caught two flounder. Mukilteo ramp— June 8: Eight boats with 18 anglers caught eight lingcod, 49 ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Seattle Times

founder in News

  1. CNET Founder’s Bankruptcy Thrown Out Over Missed Deadline

    CNET Networks Inc. founder Halsey Minor, who filed for bankruptcy last month -- five years after selling the company for $1.8 billion -- lost access to court protection after missing a deadline for handing in documents.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  2. Agency Founder David Deutsch Dies at 84

    David Deutsch, the founder of the agency now known as Deutsch , died Thursday from natural causes. The 84-year-old launched David Deutsch Associates in 1969, with Oneida as a flagship client, and the boutique became known for its sophisticated creative for prestige brands like Crouch & Fitzgerald and Letts of London diaries. In 1983, his son Donny joined the agency, ushering in the next ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: AdWeek

  3. Founder's Day Picnic meeting Monday

    The final Founder's Day Picnic meeting will be next Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the VFW in Norton !! If you would like to buy or help sell some of the $10 raffle tickets for the Tournament Players Club tickets, email Bill Lippincott at lippin55@comcast.net.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Norton Mirror

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