Faze vs. Phase
The verb faze, “to disturb,” is often misspelled as phase.
Here are some recent examples of the error, with corrections:
INCORRECT: She did not appear phased by recent reports that skinny jeans had cut off one woman’s circulation. —New York Times.
CORRECT : She did not appear fazed by recent reports that skinny jeans had cut off one woman’s circulation.
INCORRECT: I’m focused on the good things in life. I’m blessed and not forgetting it. I’m giving back every day for it. Can’t phase me. —Justin Bieber tweet.
CORRECT : I’m focused on the good things in life. I’m blessed and not forgetting it. I’m giving back every day for it. Can’t faze me.
INCORRECT: As a coach, he’s a warrior. There is nothing that can phase him.
—Princeton Tiger site.
CORRECT : As a coach, he’s a warrior. There is nothing that can faze him.
INCORRECT: ‘Easy going’: Rangers fan Gary Geddes has been left unphased by the accident he had on his way home from a match. —Daily Mail.
CORRECT : ‘Easy going’: Rangers fan Gary Geddes has been left unfazed by the accident he had on his way home from a match.
INCORRECT: Humphrey, a 6´7″, 275-pound Ugandan colleague sits to my left, unphased by the sun pouring down on him.—International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education site.
CORRECT : Humphrey, a 6´7″, 275-pound Ugandan colleague sits to my left, unfazed by the sun pouring down on him.
INCORRECT: you’ve got an SUV that will be left unphased by Mother Nature.
—Ford Explorer advertisement.
CORRECT : you’ve got an SUV that will be left unfazed by Mother Nature.
The verb faze originated as US slang. The earliest citation is from 1830:
“They were too well up to these things to be fazed by a little cold lead.”
The word may be a variant of Kentish dialect feeze, “to fright, discomfit.”
The verb phase, on the other hand, means, “to carry out by phases” or “to introduce in stages.” Here are examples:
“Starting later this month, Apple is introducing changes to its bagging policy, phasing out plastic bags in favor of a more environmentally friendly paper option.
The IRS announced plans to phase in the requirements of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
Disney May Be Phasing out Slave Leia Merchandise
NOTE: The words phased and unphased occur in the context of gene study:
“Phased data” are ordered along one chromosome and so from these data you know the haplotype. “Unphased data” are simply the genotypes without regard to which one of the pair of chromosomes holds that allele.
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