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    Using the Right Word: waver, waiver

    Friday, October 08, 2010

    Waver refers to faltering due to a lack of decision making; waiver is a conscious surrender of rights or privileges.

    When Ms. Stewart was asked to make a final decision, she wavered.
    Many ski resorts require skiers to sign a liability waiver.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 302, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 52)

    Using the Right Word: ware, wear, where

    Monday, October 04, 2010

    Ware is a noun that refers to manufactured goods. As a verb, wear means "to have on one's person"; as a noun, it means "clothing." Where refers to location; it can be an adverb, a conjunction, or a noun.

    Where do you plan to sell your wares?
    I never know what I should wear on casual Fridays.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 301, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 51)

    Using the Right Word: wait, weight

    Friday, October 01, 2010

    Wait (verb) means "to remain somewhere expecting something or someone." As a noun, wait refers to the act of waiting. Weight is a noun referring to a measure of heaviness.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 301, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 51)

    Using the Right Word: waist, waste

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Waist is the part of the body between the rib cage and the hips. As a verb, waste means "to use carelessly" or "to cause to lose energy." As a noun, waste refers to either a worthless by-product or an act of wasting.

    "Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both."
    - Benjamin Franklin
    One's waist size is largely a function of diet and exercise.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 301, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 51)

    Using the Right Word: vary, very

    Friday, September 24, 2010

    Vary is a verb meaning "to change"; very is an adverb meaning "to a high degree."

    When you vary the speed like that, you take a very great risk.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 301, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 51)