Froms (for forms, mostly) was found 19 times in OhioLINK this morning. My favorite example (albeit not an actual typo) is from a work called Forms/Froms by Potes & Poets Press. On two other records, it appears to have been purposely spelled that way as well, although the meaning eludes me—it's in a line from Handel: "Thus when the sun from's wat'ry bed..." (Is from's a contraction for "from his"?) In one case, today's typo was for the word from; the rest followed form. Wikipedia defines frum as "devout" or "pious" in reference to Orthodox Jews. The opposite of frum is frei (meaning non-religious or "free" to do as one likes). Frummers are frum folk who take things too far (or perhaps not far enough, getting hung up on literalism and technicalities); frum is sometimes used to describe someone who is "hypocritically pious," "holier-than-thou," or "sanctimonious." The men in this photograph are clearly orthodox, but I suspect that sign is far from frum. Still, I think the message is that people should be both "frum" and "free."
(Members of the Neturei Karta Jewish group protesting Israel on June 9, 2005, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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