You can fax the facts and the facts can be faxed or you can check a FAQs page for the facts.
Now, the facts are that both facts and FAQs are strictly nouns while fax is quite the busy bee what with being an adjective, noun, and verb. So do your readers a favor and don’t FAQs the facts to them…fax ’em instead.
This Word Confusion trio is an heterograph.
…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.
You may also want to explore the post, “Fact versus Factoid“.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: fact, FAQ, and fax|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Plural of the noun: fact||Plural of the noun: FAQ
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Non-standard spelling for facts
|A thing that is indisputably the case
Something known to exist or to have happened
A truth known by actual experience or observation
Something said to be true or supposed to have happened
[Law; often, facts] An actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence
A piece of information
[Computing] Frequently Asked Question
|The facts are, there is no basis for your supposition.
Get me all the facts of this case.
She lacks political experience—facts that become clear when she appears in public.
Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
Most parents hate having to tell their child the facts of life.
Didn’t your parents explain the facts of life to you?
|It’s best to explore the FAQs page before emailing a company with your question.
The FAQs page sometimes has answers to questions you didn’t know you had.
FAQs give basic information for users of a website.
This is a faxed document.
I hate these fax orders.
We bought one of those combination printer-fax-copy-scanner machines.
Reporters sometimes send in their articles by fax.
“Could this fax be any longer?” he asked with a snarl.
Fax that brochure to the buyer.
She can fax the agreement to me.
|Adjective: fact-based, fact-check, fact-finding, factful, factive, factual,
Noun: fact-finder, fact-finding, facticity, factuality, factualness, factum
Verb, transitive: fact-check
|History of the Word:|
|Late 15th century from the Latin factum, originally as an act or feat. Later it was interpreted as a bad deed, a crime and surviving in the phrase before (or after) the fact.
Late 16th century is the earliest use of current usage, i.e., truth, reality
|1985-90: f(requently) a(sked) q(uestions)||1940s: An abbreviation of facsimile.|
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!
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“FAQs about Junk Faxes” is provided by the Federal Communications Commission and is a federal web page that explains the why of junk faxes and how to get rid of them.