Facelift: One word
Facilitate: Use ease
Fair: Only use fayre when part of title
Father-of-four: Use father-of-four Bob but Bob is a father of four
Feet and inches: See measurements
Fewer: Refers to numbers E.g. fewer than 50 people. Less than refers to quantity e.g. less than 10kg
Felt: When writing about a thought process, write believed or thought. E.g. ‘Residents felt he should have been locked away’ should be ‘Residents believed (or thought) he should have been locked away’.
Fete: No accent
Fiancé: Male, but fiancée, female
Figures: See numbers
film: Not movie
Firemen: Use firefighters, one word, fire crew, two words
First names: Always try to obtain first names, not initials. See names
First World War: Not World War One or WW1
Flammable: Preferred to inflammable
Floor: Only applicable to situations indoors. You cannot ‘hit the floor’ outside if you fell over, instead you would hit the ground.
Flu: No apostrophe or use influenza. Swine flu and bird flu are both lower case.
Focused, focuses, focusing: All have one s
Folk: Not to be used unless folk dance, folk music
Forego: To precede
Forgo: To go without
Fortnight: Acceptable alternative to two weeks
Fox hunt: Fox-hunting but foxhound
Frontline: Frontline troops but on the front line
Full stops: Are not used after abbreviations (mph, Dr)
Full-time: Hyphen as part-time
Fundraiser and fundraising: One word
Further: As in cause or quantity.
Farther: as in distance