Here's the last in a series of tips
inspired by Warren Clements' column, Word Play, from The Globe and
When you have a skill you wish to
sharpen then "hone" it, rather than "home" it. However, if you are
having trouble finding something, then to "home" in on it would be
Why not try a different approach?
Then, use the term "a new tack," referring to the practice of
changing direction in a sailboat. Don't confuse it with "tact,"
which is having the sense (and ability) to not say
something sensitive to someone.
And, lastly, your children may go
through a "phase," but if you are having a lot of trouble with
them doing so, then they may "faze" you (startle or disorient).
Simple? Not really. The examples
above can be found used incorrectly in newspapers and on on
newscasts across the land (according to Clements and many others).
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