The F-Word

In pilot-speak, F = Foxtrot (International Civil Aviation Organization's alphabet)



Poor letter F; frowned-upon, for at least a couple of fair reasons. Besides holding the starting place of the most famous cuss word in the English language, “F” also represents a failing grade, which nobody fancies. Check out these fascinating F-words to find out if your vocabulary is faulty, fair, or formidable.




  • Facetiously: (adv) in a pleasantly humorous or playful fashion. (Bonus info: this is the only word in the English language that uses all six vowels in alphabetical order.)
  • Factorial: (n) the product of all the positive integers from 1 to a given number–4 factorial, usually written 4!, is equal to 24 (1 x 2 x 3 x 4).
  • Fallacious: (adj) tending to mislead; deceptive.
  • Fatuous: (adj) foolish or silly, especially in a self-satisfied way.
  • Fettle: (n) mental or emotional state.
  • Flaccid: (adj) lacking firmness, resilience, or muscle tone.
  • Flumadiddle: (n) silly or delusive nonsense.
  • Fortnight: (n) a period of 14 days.
  • Frowsty: (adj) having a musty, stale, or stuffy odor.
  • Fulsome: (adj) offensively flattering or insincere.