Posted by: episystechpubs | December 1, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Bear or Bare with Me?

Good morning.

I don’t know about you, but I have to stop and think whenever I write the term bear with me. I can never immediately remember which word I should use: bearor bare.

Then, the other day I received an email from Daily Writing Tips that helped to set things straight for me. Maeve Maddox says:

Commonly seen on the Web is the misspelled phrase “bare with me.” The correct expression is “bear with me.” It means, “be patient with me.”

One of the many meanings of the verb “to bear” is “to tolerate.” The verb bare, on the other hand, means “to reveal” or “to uncover.” For example, “Do not bare your navel in public.”

The information above lets us know that we should use the word bear; but how do we remember?

It might help to bear in mind that the word bare always means lacking. You could be bare naked. You could be a college student who lives in a bare dorm room. You could be surviving the recession with only the bare necessities. But in all those cases, you are lacking something.

On the other hand, the word bear has several unique meanings. It refers to the big growly animal (or a big furry man). It can also mean to carry, as in to bear a burden. And, as in the phrase that started this whole conversation, it can mean to be patient.

So here’s how I’m going to remember. I’m only going to use the word bare to talk about someone or something being naked. Otherwise, I know I should use the word bear.

Donna Bradley Burcher | Technical Editor, Adv. | Symitar®

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