This fern is growing in a swampy location in Ontario, Canada. Can you identify it for me?
This fern is growing in a swampy location in Ontario, Canada. Can you identify it for me?

Significance and abbreviations

F is the sixth letter of the alphabet and is spelled ef or eff.

F is for Fahrenheit, or a failing grade at school.

32 degrees Fahrenheit is the same as 0 degrees Celsius.

 f or F is for “female”.

Check the box:             [] F      [] M

FAQ stands for “frequently asked questions”.

Fax stands for “facsimile transmission”.

Send your letter by fax.

Fig. is short for figure.

Fig. 1. A graphic illustration of the text.

FX is usually short for special effects.

Shed FX is a company that sells sheds.

F is for fuddle duddle

Surprisingly, the F-word is now in the dictionary. It is most often used for its shock value.

Fuck is identified as coarse slang or a curse in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

Notice that this word rhymes with luck. Most luck in life depends upon self-discipline; in this case, if you can discipline yourself to never use the F-word, you will have lots of good luck in your life.

Fuddle-duddle is a euphemism used in Parliament by the Canadian Prime Minister, the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

Exercises

  1. Think of some more creative euphemisms for the F-word.
  2. Can you find some additional abbreviations using the letter F?
  3. When you go for a walk, look around for ferns. You may be surprised where they grow. 

Special reading assignments

  1. Figs fall into the genus Ficus. Look for Ficus trees growing in hotel lobbies.
  2. The Free French fought fiercely.

 

 

 

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