Posted by: Jack Henry | July 14, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Faze vs. Phase

The words faze and phase are often confused because they are homophones (words that sound alike but have different meanings and different spellings). Here is the difference between these two words.

Merriam-Webster defines faze this way: to disturb the composure of


· Your criticism does not faze me.

· Although the equipment in the classroom was not functioning properly, the instructor was unfazed and continued with the lesson.

The word phase means:

· a part or step in a process : one part in a series of related action

· a short period of time which a person behaves in a particular way or likes a particular thing

· the shape of the part of the moon that is visible at different times during a month


· This phase of the project will focus on coding modifications.

· I’m so glad you grew out of your Michael Jackson phase and stopped wearing that glove with sequins to work.

· A new moon phase occurs when the moon is positioned between the earth and sun.

Here’s a way to remember the difference, courtesy of

“To keep them straight: something that fazes or bothers you might make you want to fight, but please pass through your princess phase as soon as possible.”

Jackie Solano | Technical Editor | Symitar®

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