Revised as of 1 September 2017
It seemed appropriate to include forward and foreword along with afterward versus afterword, although I suppose I should’a reversed the order of publication…hmmm…
It’s a bit forward of me to lecture at you about proper word usage, but I’d rather you look good to your readers…and know how to label any introductory preamble or prelude to your book.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Merriam-Webster: forward and foreword|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for the noun:
| Near, being at, or belonging to the forepart
Situated in advance
Lacking modesty or reserve
Notably advanced or developed
Moving, tending, or leading toward a position in front
Moving toward an opponent’s goal
Advocating an advanced policy in the direction of what is considered
Of, relating to, or getting ready for the future
| Before the word
A section at the beginning of a book that introduces the book and is written by someone other than the book’s author *, usually a celebrity or another author in your field
A credible opinion written by someone else indicating that your book is worth reading
| Get to the forward deck!
She’s quite a forward woman.
I’m looking forward to meeting him.
| It’s useful to read the foreword in a book as it can give you an idea of what inspired the author.
It can be a good marketing ploy to get a well-known expert to write a foreword for your technical book.
A foreword is similar to a preface, which is written by the author.
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: before 12th century
Middle English from the Old English foreweard, from fore- + -weard -ward
|First known use: 1842|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
Pinterest Photo Credits:
50th Division moving forward near St Gabriel, 6 June 1944 by Sergeant Parkinson No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.