Tuesday, May 18, 2010...8:30 am

Subbing tip #9: Faze or phase?

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“Faze”: “to cause to be disturbed or disconcerted”. As in: the journalism lecturer was seldom fazed by the constant mis-spellings and poor grammar of his students.

“Phase”: “a stage in a process of change or development”. As in: she wanted to work in the media, but luckily it was just a phase she was going through.

This pairing can be a bit of a puzzle, but don’t be fazed. Many journalists go through a phase of getting it wrong, but sometimes they get over it.

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