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Foul vs Fowl


Foul vs Fowl. The foul odor was emanating from the dead fowl in the barnyard. Don’t commit writing fouls, use ErrNET copyediting technology!

Foul as an adjective is offensive to the senses, especially through having a disgusting smell or taste or being unpleasantly soiled; very disagreeable or unpleasant; (of the weather) wet and stormy; wicked or immoral; (of language) obscene or profane; polluted.
Foul as a noun is (in sports) an unfair or invalid stroke or piece of play, especially one involving interference with an opponent.
Foul as a verb is (in sports) to commit a foul against (an opponent).

Fowl is a noun that means a gallinaceous bird kept chiefly for its eggs and flesh; a domestic cock or hen; any other domesticated bird kept for its eggs or flesh, e.g., the turkey, duck, goose, and guinea fowl; the flesh of birds, especially of the domestic cock or hen, as food; poultry; birds collectively, especially as the quarry of hunters.

Foul and fowl are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. They are commonly misused in writing. Don’t let your wiring foul out, use ErrNET copyediting technology!

Foul sentence examples:

I wish that we could have at least a little sunshine because I’m sick if this foul weather.

I think that foul odor is coming from the garbage.

The low grade that Jimmy received on his book report put him in a foul mood.

The parents wished that their children would stop using foul language.

In baseball, if a batter hits a bunt foul with two strikes, then he is out.

Homicide and torture are very foul acts committed by humans.

Fowl sentence examples:

We are having roasted fowl for dinner tonight.

The license for hunting fowl in these parts is valid for three months.

Our fowl produced 36 eggs this month, which is a new record.

The legal limit for hunting fowl is three birds per hunter.

My favorite type of fowl is turkey.


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