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.
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