Homonyms strike again! ‘Bear with me’ is something you might say if you’re having trouble meeting a deadline. ‘Bare with me’ is something you would say to someone who might be willing to sleep with you. As you can see, mixing the two up could have unpleasant consequences.
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The Macquarie Dictionary defines ‘bear with’ as “to be patient with”, which sums it up pretty well. Patience is less common if you happen to end up bare, but that doesn’t stop the wrong version showing up in professional contexts such as this news report.
It’s an easy mistake to make if you’ve never seen the expression written down, but that’s all the more reason to get it right. Accuracy matters.
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