5-letter phrases that begin with F

Shame on these of you who considered with a headline like that I was heading to break the Numero Uno rule at this newspaper and use the dreaded 4-letter F-word. Which, of system, is “are unsuccessful.” Nope, now we look at some five-letter F-words that appear to bring about us […]

Shame on these of you who considered with a headline like that I was heading to break the Numero Uno rule at this newspaper and use the dreaded 4-letter F-word.

Which, of system, is “are unsuccessful.”

Nope, now we look at some five-letter F-words that appear to bring about us grief.

Up initial: “feted” and “fetid.”

I observed in a tale description not long ago that a few of people today have been going to be “fetted” for their company. That is, they were being to be celebrated with a shindig.

The previous tense of “fete” is “feted,” so in issuing a reminder of its appropriate spelling it received me wondering: Is just not it bizarre that obtaining celebrated somebody — “feted” — is pronounced particularly the identical as “fetid,” an adjective that describes some thing malodorous?

Limburger cheese is “fetid.” I can convey to you that due to the fact my grandfather loved the things and employed to tease me with a jar of it. Of system, he also relished raw hamburger, creamed pickled herring and Marlboros, so at minimum he was reliable.

Be mindful of how you spell the two terms so you avoid offending an individual, which is undoubtedly what you can do if you run a jar of Limburger under an unsuspecting relative’s nose.

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Following up: “feign,” “feint” and “faint”

To “feign” is to faux to be impacted by some thing, as in “He feigned personal injury to lull his opponent into a phony sense of confidence.”

“Faint” has a number of definitions and serves as a noun, adjective and verb.

1 adjective stands by itself: a thing that is hardly perceptible, as in, “A faint whiff of Drakkar Noir so reviled the female that she broke up with him on their initial date.”

Alas, this will come from personal experience.

If you feel faint (adj.) you happen to be woozy. If you really feel faint and don’t obtain your self, you probable will faint (v.), and if you will not sit or lie down when experience faint, you could possibly crumple to the floor in a useless faint (n.).

The phrase on the idea of your tongue is “faint of heart,” which suggests a single is not able to tackle strain.

“Feint” is a noun for a misleading movement a man or woman will use in a bout or actual physical sport: feel boxing or fencing. There is a corresponding verb.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Much better yet, consider of Michael Jordan’s match, which was mostly manufactured up of perfectly executed feints (alongside with some eagle-eye capturing, contact, drive and common awesomeness).

Triplet issues

Another trio of nettlesome words and phrases is “dollars,” “cache” and “cachet.”

Ignoring for now personal computer storage apps of the phrase, a “cache” is a collection of like items: a cache of weapons, a cache of Hostess snack cakes. To retail store these issues is to “cache” them.

It’s pronounced just like “funds.”

You can income a look at and get dollars in return, but if you use all of that income to obtain a Ferrari, does driving it give you “cachet”?

“Cachet,” pronounced hard cash-A, is prestige.

I am superficial sufficient to be amazed by that.

Gib’s convert at bat

Continuous reader Gib Van Dine constantly has interesting issues to publish to me about, but I don’t mention him sufficient.

He was enchanted by the mea culpa I offered in a the latest column about my obtaining to unlearn some of the matters I either discovered — or was taught — improperly as a lad.

“It reminded me that, just yesterday, I ‘corrected’ my wife for pronouncing ‘licorice’ like ‘licorish,'” Gib stated. “So we seemed it up, and she was proper.”

Mea culpas for absolutely everyone!

So why is just not artifice pronounced artifish?

Gib proposed I explore how some text are pronounced in different ways from how they search on paper.

Rather than tackling this totally correct now, let us make this a conversation starter.

I will get started: awry, rough, bough, gist.

From Gib: law enforcement, avarice, strain, sugar, hour, truthful, people, wander and colonel.

Explain to me about your favorites.

Write cautiously!

• Jim Baumann is vice president/managing editor of the Daily Herald. Compose him at [email protected] Place Grammar Moses in the matter line. You also can pal or adhere to Jim at facebook.com/baumannjim.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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