Faze vs. Phase

Lexical Vexations

faze v. to cause embarrassment or social distress.

phase n. a regular part of a cycle or progression (a phase of the moon, a phase of early childhood development; v. to make gradual changes (phase in the new inventory control system).

Words in the Wild: Having been warned in advance about Leopold’s excentricities, Marlene wasn’t at all fazed when he began talking to her about spiralling happiness phases and the exorbitant prices he paid for crystal pendants.

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