Weather or Whether?

This should be a no-brainer, but alas, it isn’t so. I see it all the time in emails and blog posts. When do you use weather versus whether?

Weather

Well, the word weather obviously should be used if you are talking about how sunny it is outside, or how the rain is pouring down. Thunderstorms, rainbows and starry nights all relate to weather.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…

Whether

Whether indicates that there is a choice to be made.

He didn’t know whether to go with the chicken or the roast turkey for his sandwich.

Please, if you’re writing about a choice, don’t use weather! Use whether!

Wether

For you livestock fans, there is a third choice. Luckily it isn’t a term in common use among the majority out there or we’d probably have this in the mix, too. Wether is a neutered male sheep or goat.

The wether nuzzled against her hand, looking for a treat.

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