When I stopped to reread my last typed lines, they made no sense. I meant to say, “He moved forward into his new life,” but I had instead typed this.
He moved froward into his new life. Spell check didn’t catch the misspelled word. I thought, “What if froward is really a word?” And I looked it up.
Froward is used to describe a person who is difficult to deal with, stubborn, headstrong, willful, unyielding, inflexible, unbending, intractable, and mulish! Just one letter mix-up and the word changes completely. The King James Version of the Bible uses the word frequently. Here are some examples.
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.(Deuteronomy 32:20, KJV)
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. (Psalm 18:26, MSG)
A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. (Psalm 101:4, KJV)
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. (Proverbs 4:24, MSG)
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. (Proverbs 6:12, MSG)
Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. (Proverbs 6:14, MSG)
Where are we froward? List continued tomorrow, friends.