Foregone conclusion

So, I was expecting a list of all the categories of weird ballpark food when I read this on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Big League Stew”:

forego sports

Or maybe the writer meant he was going to precede all the categories with something as-yet unnamed. Or maybe the writer doesn’t know that forego means “to precede”; forgo means “to abstain from.”

Forgoing the dictionary

If you’re in doubt about the spelling of a word, look it up! That’s my advice to the writer of this excerpt from Yahoo! Shine:

Although forego is a variant of forgo, I wish the writer had used the latter. Foregoing can mean “previous or preceding.” I think forgoing, which means “abstaining from,” would have been a better choice. As for au naturale, it’s simply a misspelling of au naturel.

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