CS Sealey

New Zealand-based sub-editor, writer and author

The difference between phase and faze

I have very rarely seen these two mixed up but since this pair, like many in the English language, sound exactly the same, I thought I’d just make a brief note about them.

phase (noun)—a stage in the development of something

On Thursday, we moved onto the third phase of the experiment.

‘Don’t worry about Sally. It’s just a phase. She’ll get over it.’

phase (verb)—to complete something in gradual states

The course is being phased over three years.

faze (verb)—to be disconcerted or concerned about something

The gradient of the slope didn’t seem to faze the skiers.

She was fazed by the number of judges watching her as she walked onto the stage.

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