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freeze to: An inelegant colloquialism for "cling to," sometimes found in literature as in Kipling's "Mine Own People," p. 209.

frequently. Compare commonly.

fresh in the sense of "full of ignorant conceit and presumption" is slang and as such is avoided by persons careful with their diction.

friend: Carefully distinguish between friend and acquaintance. The former is an acquaintance who has been admitted to terms of intimacy, and who is regarded with a certain amount of affectionate regard. A person to whom one has received a bare introduction is an acquaintance—nothing more.

frieze. Compare freeze.

from: A preposition often incorrectly used for "of." From should not be used elliptically. Do not say "He died from pneumonia" when you mean from the effects of pneumonia." Here effect suggests the cause from which the result proceeded. "He died of pneumonia" is correct.

froze: A term sometimes misused for frozen. Froze is the imperfect of the verb freeze, while frozen is a participial adjective. It is incorrect to say, "My hands are froze," here frozen should be used.

-ful. The plural of compounds ending in -ful, as spoonful is formed in the same manner as the plural of other nouns of regular formation—by the simple addition of a final "s," as, spoonfuls. So when a