Make Your Editor Cry: Fall by the Waste Side vs. Fall by the Wayside
A wayside is the side of—or land adjacent to—a road or path. According to my best research, a waste side is some imaginary side filled with waste.
If your intent is to talk about something no longer being active as it has been pushed aside, make sure not to refer to waste. Rather, it should “fall by the wayside” which is the correct word in this idiom.
Gregg Bridgeman is the Editor-in-Chief at Olivia Kimbrell Press. He is husband to best-selling Christian author Hallee Bridgeman and parent to three. He continues to proudly serve in the US Armed Forces and has done so in either an active or reserve capacity for more than twenty years as an airborne and air assault qualified paratrooper, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Most importantly, he was ordained in October of 2001 after surrendering his life to Christ decades earlier.