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Oh no! Not the Grammar Nazi again!

March 14, 2015
Posted at 9:49 am

"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 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.


Thank you.

Oh, and the next chapter of Carrying the Flag is with my faithful editor and will, I hope, be posted soon.