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Write the Right Word: Fowl or Foul

Fowl and foul sound the same, but they don’t have the same meaning, and they cannot be used interchangeably.

Fowl are birds, especially the larger kind used as food. Examples are chickens, ducks, geese and turkey. Here’s how you’d use “fowl” in a sentence: “The family decided to have fowl instead of ham for dinner.” “The zoo’s newest exhibit includes several species of fowl.”

Foul means bad, offensive or out of line. It also is can be used as a sports term. For example: “The experiment produced a foul odor.”  “The weather has been foul all week.” “The ball went outside the foul line.”

Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391

 

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