Weekend Oz mag takes homophonic tumble. Getting the cover right is a major pre-occupation for magazine editors, and at first glance Saturday’s Weekend Australian colour mag looked like a winner. Above an arresting pic of Tony Abbott’s sister and her gay partner, it ran the extended cover line: “Up Close & Personal. Tony Abbott is opposed to same-sex marriage. So when his sister came out, did he waiver?”
Whoops. “Waiver” looked awfully like a spell-check howler for “waver”. There is an ancient and obscure meaning for the verb to “waive”: to change one’s mind or give up. But if that’s what the Weekend Oz meant to say, why did it make it “waiver” rather than the correct “waive”? Far more likely is that its intended sense was “waver”, as in, to show doubt or indecision, or to falter.