If you ever needed proof that English is a confusing language, this list of words should do it. Each of these variations has its roots in either for, four or fore.
For (I’m quite aware that you know this) is a preposition that indicates purpose.
Four refers to the number, of course. (Insert your own game show joke here.)
Fore means at or near the front; at an earlier time.
Forth means ahead in time, place or order; onward.
Fourth is the position between third and fifth; one quarter.
Forward means moving toward a place, point or time in advance; onward; ahead; in front.
Foreword is a preface or introductory note at the beginning of a book, usually written by someone other than the author.
Frank Sinatra sang, “So make it one for my baby, and one more for the road.”
In 1958, four guys known as Danny and the Juniors had a
huge hit with ”At the Hop.” The singers from Philadelphia
were originally called The Juvenairs.
Perhaps Babe Didrikson Zaharias should have yelled “Fore!” before telling a group of women golfers,”You know when there’s a star, like in show business, the star has her name in lights on the marquee? Well, I’m the star, and all of you are in the chorus.”
Elvis once said, “Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers,and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.”
James Cagney sang, “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, a Yankee Doodle,
do or die; a real live nephew of my Uncle Sam’s, born on the Fourth of July.”
From this day forward, maybe the groom should be forewarned
when his wife will be swinging a golf club at
him right in front of a clergyman.