What’s that you say? You’re not fazed with the difference between phase and faze? Well, you ought to be!

These words may be pronounced the same, but they have entirely different meanings.Faze means to embarrass or disturb someone in a negative sense.

For example: The cut she got from falling didn’t faze her.

Phase, on the other hand, is both a noun and a verb. As a verb, phase is to carry out something in gradual steps. As a noun, phase is a period of time in which something happens.

For example: Many people believe that the introduction of Blu-ray will phase out high-def DVDs.

For example: Not knowing the difference between the words phase and faze was just a phase because now you know!

Posted: 05.30.2013
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John    December 23, 2012 12:56 AM
Favorite Book: 'Connections' by James Burke.
The word 'phase' can also mean being 'in step', as with a 3-phase electrical supply. If the 'phases' are not 'in step', then the electrical system fails. The same can apply to people if they are daunted, or 'knocked out of step', and are thus 'phased'. Any comments?
Al Kidd    October 24, 2014 9:57 AM
Favorite Book: Capitalism and Material Life 1400-1800, by Fernand Braudel
"He was fazed, and was thus phased . . . ," may be equivalent, per context, to 'He was nonplussed [time and again by his unexpectedly poor performance/grades], and was *phased out* [phrasal verb], eventually, because he did not make needed improvements in his grades.'
Al Kidd    October 24, 2014 9:57 AM
Favorite Book: Capitalism and Material Life 1400-1800, by Fernand Braudel
"He was fazed, and was thus phased . . . ," may be equivalent, per context, to 'He was nonplussed [time and again by his unexpectedly poor performance/grades], and was *phased out* [phrasal verb], eventually, because he did not make needed improvements in his grades.'

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