Waist, Waste

Be Sure That Your Waste Doesn’t Go to Your Waist

by Owen Fourie

If you do these two things, you’ll help yourself to keep fit and healthy:

  1. Get rid of your waste.
  2. Get rid of what’s on your waist.

Not only should you get rid of the obvious waste, such as the garbage, but also the other things that clutter your life—things that just lie around gathering dust, things that you never use.

Getting rid of the clutter is a form of waste disposal that can have a wholesome effect on your mental clarity.

Something else that can help mental clarity and overall physical health is the disposal of the unwanted kilograms on your waist. A vigorous and sensible exercise program can work wonders to trim the waist.

Waste or waist?

By now, you have surely noticed the homophones, waste and waist. A third thing to get rid of is the confusion that these homophones cause. Which word do you use for which purpose?

The answer is already there for you in the first few paragraphs of this article.

What you need now is a way to remember how to choose the correct word.

Try this.


Look at the spelling of this word. The first three letters form the word was. Waste consists of what was useful but no longer is useful, so it’s time to eject the trash.


was useful but no longer

___time to



For many, the ideal waistline is a slim one that is free of excess weight. Look at this word. Its clue is in its middle letter, the i, which is thinner than the other letters:


__i__ i for ideal waistline

Now that you can no longer confuse waste with waist, the only confusion will be of your waste with your waist if you don’t get rid of that junk food!


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