Ladies and gentlemen. I present for your perusal, the definition of the word “flout”.
openly disregard (a rule, law or convention).
“these same companies still flout basic ethical practices”
And now, also for your careful consideration, the definition of “flaunt”.
display (something) ostentatiously, especially in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance.
“newly rich consumers eager to flaunt their prosperity”
At this time, I would like for everyone who goes on radio or television to discuss the enforcement of rules and those who are tasked with writing about them to examine those two definitions again and again and again until you all stop saying “flaunt” when what you mean is “flout”. Yes, there is the showing defiance bit in there, but the example sentences make it perfectly clear which word is the correct one for your situation.
If you’re still confused, think of it like this:
- Public health and the government are using their press conferences and commercials to flaunt the COVID rules, which they then flout.
- The anti-mask church dipshits are using their reckless protests and indoor services to flout the COVID rules and flaunt their ignorance.