\”Fore! \”, originally an
interjection, is used to warn anyone standing or moving in the flight of a. The mention of the term in an 1881 Australian Golf Museum indicates that the term was in use at least as early as that period. [ according to whom? to come from the military \”beware before\”, which an artilleryman about to fire would yell alerting nearby infantrymen to drop to the ground to avoid the shells overhead. ( Before may mean \”in front of (the gun being fired)\”; fore may mean \”(look) ahead\”. ) Other possible origins include the term being derived from the term \”fore-caddie\”, a waiting down range from the golfer to find where the ball lands. These caddies were often warned about oncoming golf balls by a shout of the term \”fore-caddie\” which was eventually shortened to just \”fore! \”.
The is based on the descending minor third which the original Colonel Bogey whistled instead of yelling Fore around 1914. Why do golfers shout fore! to warn those who may be hit by an errant shot? The short answer is that no-one quite knows. The long answer is that most agree that fore is a foreshortening of another word or phrase. However the etymologists cannot agree which word or phrase. But even that general statement would be contested by some. Fore as a word in itself means Б and it is argued that a cry of fore! was originally simply a way to warn those situated in front that a ball was coming their way. There is an old joke of a player asking his caddie Бyou any good at finding golf balls?
Б And when informed yes, the player replies: БGood Б well go and find one then and then I can play a roundБ. But if the fellow was so tight, how come he was forking out onб a caddy? Well once upon a time caddies were relatively cheap and golf balls were expensive. In those days Б and weБre going back a few centuries here Б players would employ forecaddies to spot where the ball went as the player could scarce afford to lose such an expensive object. The role of the forecaddie has all but gone from modern golf Б except in top professional tournaments that is. You know, those events played by multi-millionaires who donБt even pay for their golf balls. But in days when they were common, the shout of fore! was an abbreviation of forecaddie! a shouted warning to the ball spotter that a ball was on its way for him to spot.
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