While reading an article on politics on a popular news Web site recently, I reluctantly ventured into the comments section. I normally won’t read the comments section of an article on politics since it often seems to be just a hub for the vile and sophomoric among us——and have you ever noticed that many of them can’t spell?
This time, it was waist versus waste. The comment writer advised others not to waist their time. I’m not sure what anyone’s midsection had to do with her stance on the Obama administration—-maybe she was making some sort of cloaked insult about the president’s lack of a six pack, I don’t know.
Waist is a noun denoting the most narrow part of the torso. In Don’t waste your time, waste is a verb denoting doing something that doesn’t give you enough in return to make it worthy of doing. Don’t waist your time has no meaning.