"This shouldn't phase us in the least."
Okay, class, what's wrong with that sentence?
Hint: It is not so much a grammatical error as an error in usage.
It really DOES "faze" me when the writer uses "phased" where it should be "fazed."
From Dictionary.com: Faze verb:to cause to be disturbed or disconcerted; daunt: The worst insults cannot faze him.
Phase noun: any of the major appearances or aspects in which a thing of varying modes or conditions manifests itself to the eye or mind.
Or a verb, such as in "phase out":to bring or come to an end gradually; ease out of service
The moon has phases.
It would be nice if they could phase out the income tax.
Faze and phase: Different words, different meanings.
Let's try to get it write -- uh -- right.
Oh, and the next chapter of Carrying the Flag is with my faithful editor and will, I hope, be posted soon.