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How did the term "flicks" come to relate to "movies" or "cinema"? Where did "flicks" come from?

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closed as general reference by Hugo, Daniel, simchona, Mr. Shiny and New 安宇, RegDwigнt Dec 9 '11 at 7:25

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From the flickering appearance of early movies.

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Yes. Early slang for a movie (which is itself a shortening of "moving picture") was a "flicker-show", because early film projectors had a rather large advance time between frames, in which a shutter obstructs the light source. –  KeithS Jun 17 '11 at 15:48

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