Iv'e seen both spellings of the phrase. Is one correct and the other incorrect or are they both acceptable? Does one belong to British English?


"Ware off" is simply incorrect regardless of whether we're talking British or American English. It is not in use at all.

See: http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=wear+off%2C+ware+off&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3

  • That's what I thought, but after I saw it appear once on a website I searched it on google and it came up with over 150,00 hits! Check for yourself - lots of people are spelling it like that.
    – Mark
    Sep 11 '11 at 8:18
  • @Mark A couple of million Google hits for "Currently online now", which is redundant in most of the cases: english.stackexchange.com/q/41251/10341
    – rems
    Sep 11 '11 at 9:08
  • internet - a faster and more powerful way for the blind to lead the blind. in other words, yes, 150,000 people CAN be wrong! Feb 17 '15 at 8:15

I have always used the assimilation factor of the proper use of this phrase: If anything were to be "worn off"? Then in relation to its friend, would be to "wear off." So....I'd go with "wear off". d*

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