Flutz: In ice skating, an incorrectly executed lutz jump. Contrary to appearances, the word is not a portmanteau of “flub” and “lutz”*; rather, the fl- comes from flip. A flutz is a lutz that devolves into a flip jump.
The lutz’s entry edge must remain on the outside edge. If the edge changes to an inside, the lutz jump is considered a flip jump and does not receive full credit (About.com).
The lutz (sometimes capitalized) is named for Alois Lutz, the Austrian skater who first performed it in 1913. It is “a toepick-assisted jump with an entrance from a back outside edge and landing on the back outside edge of the opposite foot” (Wikipedia). Because it is counter-rotated—the rotation of the jump is opposite that of the entry edge—it’s considered one of the most difficult jumps to execute. From the Wikipedia entry:
The body’s natural impulse is to “cheat” or begin to pre-rotate the jump by veering off at the last minute onto the inside edge, which really makes the cheated jump a flip.
There’s evidence that flutz may have crossed the Final Frontier. Back in August 1998, a member of an online sport-skating discussion group posted this observation:
Interesting FYI for those interested in linguistics. In two recent Star Trek novels (“Star Trek New Frontier: Martyr” and “STNF: Fire on High,” both by Peter David), the word “flutz” is used. In the first book, one of the characters tells another that the word “flutzed” has been added to an official dictionary. He says that it was originally a slang term for messed up. In the other book, a character used the word “flutz” to show that the engines were indeed, messed up.
* Nor is it related to Yiddish “futz,” which has an even more interesting—and contested—etymology.