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Chris -- 2011-03-08
In general, there’s a lot of confusion about ‘faint’ vs ‘feint,’ even though ‘faint’ is primarily an adjective and ‘feint ’ isn’t. There’s some semantic overlap here- ‘faint-hearted’ means lacking in courage, while a feint is a deceptive stratagem, often bearing a connotation of sneakiness or cowardice. ‘Feint-hearted’ gets 40,000 ghits vs 2 million for ‘faint-hearted.’ Examples:
Surgery : Not for the feint-hearted
This pair is not for the feint hearted, they are typical fun loving terriers who love to play and they would make a great addition to anyone’s home.
Minibikes. With a top speed of 60+ MPH they are not for the feint hearted.
Hot pepper sauce – God, it was hot!! It’s not for the feint hearted!
This session is not for the feint-hearted. Michael s confronting and unique style will certainly challenge the way you think about your business.
Sudan – not for the feint hearted.