Friday, September 26, 2008

Commonly misused/misspelled words and phrases (Part 59)

More oft-misused words and phrases:

Present company accepted vs. Present company excepted

Wrong: Everyone has lost somebody—present company accepted.

Right: Everyone has lost somebody—present company excepted.

The phrase present company excepted means all but those in the presence of the speaker.

Phase vs. Faze

Wrong: That’s just a faze they’re going through.

Right: That’s just a phase they’re going through.

Wrong: His words didn’t phase her at all.

Right: His words didn’t faze her at all.

Faze is a verb that means to disturb, fluster, or disconcert. A phase (noun), on the other hand, is a temporary state of being, a stage in a process of change. It’s a rare parent who isn’t fazed by the phases his or her teenager manifests.

Come back soon for even more words and phrases.


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