Why do golfers yell “fore” when warning of an errant golf shot? I’m nosey, I wanted to find out.

The answer is: This expression, popularized by former President Gerald Ford, actually started as an English military term. When the troops were firing in lines, the command “‘ware before” indicated that it might be prudent for the front line to kneel so that the second line wouldn’t blow off their heads. Smart move, huh?

“Fore” is simply a shortened version of the “before” in “‘ware before.”


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