Make Your Editor Cry: Fall by the Waste Side vs. Fall by the Wayside

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.

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