Posted by: Jack Henry | August 15, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Faze vs Phase

Good morning! Let’s take a quick break from our discussion about which nouns should and shouldn’t be capitalized and talk about a set of homonyms: faze and phase.

According to our friends at Merriam-Webster, faze means:

To disturb the composure of: disconcert, daunt. This word evolved from feeze, meaning to drive away or frighten.

· Nothing fazed him when he ran—not the wind nor the rain nor the heat of the sun.

· As she missed a step and tore her dress on the way to accept the award, she continued forward unfazed and took her prize with dignity.

Also from Merriam-Webster, phase is defined as:

1: a particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes <phases of the moon>

2a: a distinguishable part in a course, development, or cycle <the early phases of her career>

b: an aspect or part (as of a problem) under consideration

And this is for an inquiring mind that wanted to know what the planetary symbol of Earth is.

I found some interesting information on this topic, but we will continue with more on capital letters before I get into that!

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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