English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

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

share|improve this question

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

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Downvoted as no research shown, and voted to close as general reference. – Hugo Dec 8 '11 at 20:46
up vote 5 down vote accepted

From the flickering appearance of early movies.

share|improve this answer
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

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.