WARY, Not Weary

The insertion of an extra letter into a word can make a world of difference when you are speaking — in this case, an e. When this innocuous little vowel is added to wary, the meaning of what you are saying becomes as different as different can be. Herewith the Merriam-Webster definition of a word that is vocally screwed up more and more often:

wary  Not having or showing complete trust in someone or something that could be dangerous or cause trouble

About that e: When added after the initial letter of wary, the word is changed to weary, the meanings of which you well know:

weary 1. Lacking strength, energy, or freshness because of a need for rest or sleep
; 2. Bored or annoyed by something because you have seen it, heard it, done it, etc., many times or for a long time
; 3. Causing you to feel tired

Keep from unwittingly joining the parade of wary-to-weary misspeakers by thinking about the meanings of the word that includes an e, and tossing it aside when you want to say you’re distrustful or fearful of anyone or anything.

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