By fair means or fowl, er, foul, we’ll feast today! It sort of depends on when you got the turkey out of the freezer, and if you remembered to haul out the gizzards and livers and hearts from its cavity.
…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: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adverb; Adjective; Noun;
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Plural: fowl or fowls or domestic fowl
Contrary to the rules
Wicked or immoral
Containing or charged with noxious matter
[Informal, dated] A disease in the feet of cattle
[Sports] Commit a foul against an opponent
[Of a ship] Collide with or interfere with the passage of another
|A gallinaceous bird kept chiefly for its eggs and flesh
A domestic cock or hen
If a batter hits a bunt foul with two strikes, he is out.
I can’t stand his foul breath.
The news had put Michelle in a foul mood.
Murder Most Foul is an anthology including Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and W. Somerset Maugham.
Kicking, tripping, jumping, charging, or tackling an opponent in a manner considered to be careless, reckless, or using excessive force is considered a foul.
This swampy water is foul.
The land was foul with weeds.
It’s a foul!
Factories that fouled the atmosphere.
Those birds are fouling the water tank.
Make sure that your pet never fouls the sidewalk.
Carter fouled into the glove of Boggs.
Watch out for driftwood which might foul up the engine.
|George keeps fowl.
We always eat some sort of fowl for Thanksgiving.
|Adjective: foul-mouthed, foul-smelling, foul-tasting, foul-tempered, fouler, foulest, overfoul, unfoul
Adverb: foully, overfoully
Noun: foul-up, fouled, foulness, overfoulness
foul something up
|History of the Word:|
|Old English fūl, of Germanic origin and related to the Old Norse fúll, meaning foul, the Dutch vuil meaning dirty, and the German faul meaning rotten, lazy.
From an Indo-European root shared by the Latin pus, the Greek puos meaning pus, and the Latin putere meaning to stink.
|Old English fugol and originally the general term for a bird.
It’s of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch vogel and German Vogel.
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!