Forgoing or foregoing?
Angelina and Brad are suing the British newspaper News of the World for alleging that they plan to separate. Look at this related quote spotted on various websites covering the story:
“I have had no contact from … Angelina Jolie and/or Brad Pitt,” Trope wrote, according to a letter sent to the couple’s lawyers and partially quoted in Schillings’ statement. “I have never met … your clients or had any involvement with either of them. The forgoing is true with respect to all other members of this firm.”
That ‘forgoing’ should be ‘foregoing’. This is because ‘foregoing’ means ‘previously mentioned’ or ‘preceding’. See Oxford Dictionaries.
The way to remember the spelling of ‘foregoing’ is to think of ‘as mentioned before‘.
So how did the separation rumours start? Sorry, I meant to say, so is ‘forgoing’ a word?
Yes, it is, and it means ‘going without’, for example:
She is forgoing dessert to ensure she gets home on time.
A slight complication…
I hate to tell you this, but ‘forgo’, meaning ‘to go without’, can also be spelt ‘forego’. See Oxford Dictionaries.
However, ‘forego’, meaning ‘previously mentioned’ cannot be spelt ‘forgo’. (As I was explaining before.)