Ware, wear and where

Ware is pottery, porcelain, silver or any other manufactured articles of a specific type. Ware may also mean any goods or services one offers for sale. In Scotland and Northern England, ware may also be used as a transitive verb which is a verb that takes an object, to mean squander money. Related terms are wares, wared, waring. Ware comes from the Old English word waru meaning article of merchandise.

Wear means 1.) to have on one’s person, to carry on one’s person, 2.) to erode, 3.) to tire, to cause fatigue, 4.) to hold a rank, 5.) in speaking of a ship, to fly a flag, 6.) to pass time slowly, 7.) to become diminished through constant use. Wear may be used as a noun or verb, related words are wears, wearing, wore and worn. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, wear is one of the top one thousand most frequently used words, derived from the Old English word werian meaning to clothe, to cover up.

Where means in which place, in what direction, from what source, in what condition. Where is also one of the top one thousand most frequently used words by the Oxford English Dictionary, it may be used as an adverb, a conjunction or a pronoun. Where comes from the Old English word hwær, which means at what place.


Charting out a number of events for the weavers, members of CCAPT hope that their local wing will help the weavers design their wares as per the clients’ requirement and improvise their creative ideas. (The Hindu)

Only in 1768 did the Plymouth apothecary William Cookworthy put together “equal parts of the washed Caulin and Petunse for the composition of the body,” and fired Britain’s first translucent white ware. (The Telegraph)

For the past five years, Sweetu Patel has been hunkered down in his sub-level shop on Bond Street, quietly selling some of the best men’s wear in New York City. (The New York Times)

Even if he does play, he will have to wear a cast on his injured left hand. (The Tampa Bay Times)

In a stock market where everything’s going wrong, Kinaxis Inc. is doing everything right. (The Financial Post)

In Flushing, Queens, where people of Chinese and other Asian descent make up nearly half the population, commercial-property sales have totaled $1.2 billion this year through November, according to CoStar. (The Wall Street Journal)

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