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#1 2006-09-23 11:58:06

jorkel
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Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

FORWARD of a book? (foreword)

Google counts on Sept 23, 2006
55,300 “in the foreword of”
16,700 “in the FORWARD of” —an eggcorn occasionally?
or…
11,600 “the foreword of the book”
1490 “the FORWARD of the book”—an eggcorn occasionally?
Analysis by Joe Krozel

“Foreword”—a noun—is a preface (of, say, a book). “Forward”—an adjective—means “near, being at, or belonging to the forepart.” Granted, “forward” is a misspelling of “foreword” in many instances, but perhaps not always; I contend that some who speak of “the forward of the book” might believe it is a reference to where it is situated relative to the rest of the book.

A second eggcorn usage is also possible. “Forward” can mean “of, relating to, or getting ready for the future” [as in forward preparation for an event]. So, the “forward of the book” might give an advance look at—or forward preparation for the reading of—the main body of the book. In this context, we have a distinct eggcorn. The only difficulty here is in finding an (any?) irrefutable example to demonstrate this point. Let’s see how I do…

Examples:

Colony – Atlantean by Gene Stiles (Book) inIn the forward of each book, I will lay out what the story will include so you, the reader, ... Reviews:. This item has not yet been reviewed. ...
www.lulu.com/content/235234 – 36k – Cached – Similar pages

THE 13 CLOCKS by JAMES THURBER – BOOK HELP WEBThe forward of the book gives a glimpse into the writer and his production of this book. It’s a delightfully self-effacing introduction that is worth …
www.bookhelpweb.com/authors/thurber/0440405823.htm – 27k – Cached – Similar pages

The Brier Hill Reference BookNote the intent of the book as stated in the forward of the book:. The need for the facts and the figures that the book has are no longer useful in …
www.as.ysu.edu/~cwcs/BrierHillRefBook.html – 10k – Cached – Similar pages

Amazon.com: Profile For M. Gaines: ReviewsI loved many aspects of the book, but as Christine Feehan says in the forward of the book, it is hard to write a book where there is no main hero and …
www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AR … 16?ie=UTF8 – 43k – Cached – Similar pages

[PDF] With Sword in HandFile Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
the forward of the book “The Great Controversy.” God wants … glimpse of things to come. Apostate leaders will abandon the …
remnantprophecy.sdaglobal.org/Librarypdf/Christian-Standards/Sword_in_Hand.PDF – Similar pages

Amazon.ca: Immunization Theory Vs. Reality: Expose on Vaccinations …Having an open dialog, as proposed in the forward of the book by Dr. George Schwartz, might help resolve and clarify many issues in the reader’s mind. ...
www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1881217124/ – 44k – Cached – Similar pages

Last edited by jorkel (2006-09-23 12:53:35)

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#2 2006-09-27 04:45:06

Jim Dixon
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From: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Registered: 2006-08-11
Posts: 36

Re: FORWARD of a book? (foreword)

Here are some more examples, thanks to Google’s Book Search:

[The first 4 examples are actual “Table of Contents” pages.]

“Justice for Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples” by Renée Dupuis
http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN1 … %22forward

“A Statistical Approach to Betting the Horse Races” by James Ross
http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0 … dq=forward

“Stetson, Pipe And Boots: Colorado’s Cattleman Governor” by Dan Thornton
http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN1 … dq=forward

“Hillary: America’s First Dictator” by Chuck Slate”
http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN1 … dq=forward

”...A book may have a forward, a preface, or both….”—from “Healthcare Informatics and Information Synthesis: Developing and Applying Clinical Knowledge to Improve Outcomes” by Michael J. Lincoln, Keely M. W. Cofrin, Charlene R. Weir, Charles W. Turner, John W. Williamson
http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0 … 1ENu7NQrBs

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#3 2006-09-27 07:36:10

jorkel
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Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

Re: FORWARD of a book? (foreword)

Thanks, Jim. I stumbled onto the “forward vs. foreword” eggcorn after reflecting on the homonym pair and realizing that I had seen the mistake in print before. After I made my post, I did a word Search of this Forum index, and saw that you had addressed the issue of “foreward vs. foreword” in an earlier post. I was a bit puzzled at why you had stopped at the nonstandard spelling. At any rate, you captured some nice examples of both usages by publishers.

Perhaps someone could expound on the comment in your last example…
A book may have a foreword, a preface, or both.
”...A book may have a forward, a preface, or both….”—from “Healthcare Informatics and Information Synthesis: Developing and Applying Clinical Knowledge to Improve Outcomes” by Michael J. Lincoln, Keely M. W. Cofrin, Charlene R. Weir, Charles W. Turner, John W. Williamson
http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0 … 1ENu7NQrBs

My dictionary defines “foreword” with one word: “preface.” Is there a more subtle distinction?

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