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Wary vs. Weary

November 2016
Spot the Error“A team that likes to steal bases needs to be weary of the catcher.” ~ a commentator in the 2016 World Series

It’s either wary or leery—one or the other. The two words cannot be combined to make weary, because that’s another word altogether.

  • Wary – cautious (rhymes with “very”).
  • Leery – suspicious.
  • Weary – tired or no longer interested (rhymes with “cheery”).

In the “catcher” sentence above, the appropriate word is wary.


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