Browse Definitions :

Are you unphased or unfazed?

Writing for Business

Which is correct?
The user-training for the new business intelligence software was extensive, in the hopes that employees would be __________ by the change.
a. unphased
b. unfazed


Answer: b.

Explanation:
A phase is a stage; the word is usually a noun. People may go through phases but we don’t say they’re phased when they do so.

Faze, on the other hand, only means to disrupt someone’s composure. It comes from an Old English word, fésian, meaning to frighten or to startle into flight.

Interestingly, we only seem to use faze in the negative sense. Someone is not fazed by something or was unfazed — you don’t hear about people being fazed.

I’ve also seen faced used to mean fazed. But as the Urban Dictionary points out, to say someone is faced, without specifying that they’re facing something in particular, is really just shorthand for saying they’re sh*t-faced, meaning extremely intoxicated. So if you said someone was unfaced during the executive meeting, that would be faint praise.

The Eggcorn Database covers faze/phase and Mark Liberman also has an entertaining post about it.

Dig Deeper on Writing for Business

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCompliance

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

  • telemedicine (telehealth)

    Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services, such as health assessments or consultations, over the ...

  • Project Nightingale

    Project Nightingale is a controversial partnership between Google and Ascension, the second largest health system in the United ...

  • medical practice management (MPM) software

    Medical practice management (MPM) software is a collection of computerized services used by healthcare professionals and ...

SearchDisasterRecovery

SearchStorage

  • hot plugging

    Hot plugging is the addition of a component to a running computer system without significant interruption to the operation of the...

  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification and is used in internally mounted ...

  • kilobyte (KB or Kbyte)

    A kilobyte (KB or Kbyte) is a unit of measurement for computer memory or data storage used by mathematics and computer science ...

Close