Florida flambe

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  • Florida flambé


Florida flambe ‎(plural Florida flambes)

  1. (pejorative) Burning (catching fire) during execution by electric chair. [from the late 1990s]
    • 1997 April 5, Pitts, Leonard, “Fiery execution shows lie of ‘humane’ death penalty”, The Free Lance-Star, page A15:
      Medina was killed, then cooked, becoming the second inmate in seven years to suffer the Florida flambe.
    • 1997 June 6, Jarnagin, Elizabeth, “Pro-life consistency means opposing death penalty”[1], Amarillo Globe-News:
      There's a nice new death chamber in Terre Haute, Ind., just waiting for ya. No Florida flambe there. A slight boo-boo occurred not long ago when Florida fired up "Old Sparky" to execute a criminal. The guy's face mask flared up. Most grisly. A Florida district attorney glibly said the moral of the mishap was not to commit crime in Florida if you don't want the same treatment.
    • 2005 August 19, Cha, “Ms. Harris's "felon purge"”[2], democraticunderground.com:
      This is why harris should go down in Florida Flambe.

See also[edit]


  • Most Outrageous Word of the Year, American Dialect Society
  • Florida Flambé, at Medical dictionary, medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com
  • 1998, Wayne Glowka, Brenda K. Lester, “Among the New Words”[3], American Speech, volume 73, number 2, pages 197-214:
  • 1999, Howard Richler, A Bawdy Language: How a Second-Rate Language Slept Its Way to the Top, Stoddart, page 11:
  • 2002, Allan A. Metcalf, Predicting New Words: The Secrets of Their Success, Houghton Mifflin Books, page 191:
  • 2010, Saul Steinmetz, There's a Word for It: The Explosion of the American Language Since 1900, Harmony Books, page 203: