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Wavering Over ‘Waiver’
Waive and waiver, wave and waver.... It can be confusing.
Give yourself a little test. In each of these sentences, fill in the correct word:
1. She decided to .... the late fee for long-term clients.
2. If you .... between the two properties, you could end up with neither.
3. I’ll sign a .... to ensure my goodwill.
4. Just .... your hand if you agree.
5. He .... his rights to the property.
The answers are below.
Waive and Waiver
‘Waive’ is a verb. It means ‘to give up a right or a privilege or anything else you might be entitled to claim’.
You waived your claim to the inheritance.
She has waived all rights of ownership.
There is no verb ‘to waiver’. This is an error lots of people make.
‘Waiver’ is a noun. It is an agreement (usually in document form) to give up a claim or right, or to release someone from a liability or an obligation.
He applied for a fee waiver, which was granted.
They regretted signing the liability waiver.
Wave and Waver
‘Wave’ can be a noun. It refers to moving water, light or sound, or a hand. It can also mean an undulating line or form.
The surfer rode the wave to the shore..
With a quick wave of her hand, she left.
The machine was able to detect light and sound waves.
She put a permanent wave in her hair.
‘Wave’ can also be a verb. It’s related to the noun form.
Be sure to wave goodbye as you go.
The hairdresser will colour and wave your hair.
‘Waver’ is a verb. It means to hesitate, vacillate or appear indecisive or uncertain.
She appeared to waver, as the time drew closer.
Although he had been confident earlier, he wavered before signing the agreement.
‘Waver’ can also be a noun. It’s a person who waves. Or it could be an appliance that waves or curls your hair.
How did you go with the test?
Here are the answers:
1. She decided to waive the late fee for long-term clients.
2. If you waver between the two properties, you could end up with neither.
3. I’ll sign a waiver to ensure my goodwill.
4. Just wave your hand if you agree.
5. He waived his rights to the property.
Analyse Your Time-Wasting
Time-wasting and time management are usually examined as cause and solution of problems with productivity.
In self-help books and coaching manuals a common exercise is:
Begin by asking yourself the question: ‘Why do I waste time?’
Now list all the reasons why you do.
It’s about finding the cause, but it’s the wrong question – at least to start with.
A Quick KISS
You might not need to give every piece of text the full KISS treatment but it’s important that your writing is concise.
KISS means ‘Keep It Short and Simple’.
And that’s always a good idea if you want to keep your readers interested.
Here’s a quick guide to KISSing….
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