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  • "While Hollywood is using 3D as a filip to attract audiences back to the cinema, it may only have a brief window of opportunity before 3D makes its way into the home as well."

    - Darren Quick, Panasonic climbs aboard Hollywood's 3D roller coaster, www.gizmag.com, 29 April 2009.

    April 30, 2009

  • Is this a neologism? It is difficult to search given the common name.

    May 1, 2009

  • It's a fairly common word - perhaps not so much in the US? A filip is something that imparts pep, a spur in a positive way.

    May 1, 2009

  • It is not commonly used in the United States, I don't think, but I suspect (sadly) that it's because most people (myself included) don't know exactly what it means and so aren't comfortable using it... Though I believe I've seen it spelled fillip...?

    May 1, 2009

  • Yeah - I noticed this morning that OED gives filip as an obsolete spelling of fillip. I was surprised by that as I'm pretty sure filip is the one I've seen more often.

    First attested C18, from flip, as in a flick of the fingers on a cheek.

    May 1, 2009