We all fall foul to this beauty. Yet perhaps there is something to be learned among the dross and detritus of the day.
Literally, adverb. The primary or intended meaning of a verb.
This word plagues common speech. In part it helps us solve the dilemma of how to describe uncommon events in a public speech overwrought with the embossing and adornment of hyperbole, however it is fraught with risk.
Let us consider the case for usage.
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A fowl swoop seems only natural, but surely we mean a foul one?
A FOWL is a bird, like a pheasant, a chicken or a duck.
One tends to picture a Nineteenth Century English countryside with English gentlemen blasting the skies with their shotguns, hounds yapping at their heels eager to collect dead birds; That or fond memories of childhood. See Danny the Champion of the World.
They are not a swooping bird so much as a bird that gets swatted at.
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