The other day as I was reading aloud to my sons out of a book about Clara Barton, I came across a sentence that i read, then re-read, then re-read again. It was about Clara Barton, the founder of the US Red Cross during the Civil War, becoming weary on the battle front. I was sure that the author had misused the word weary--and really needed wary. It was then and there that I decided that the concept of weary and wary warranted its own "Tricky Trick to Help It Stick"!
Weary is a word that means tired or overwhelmed from something, such as too much work, no rest, difficult circumstances, etc.
Wary is a word that means to be paranoid or suspicious.
Both words are adjectives, meaning they describe nouns (or sometimes pronouns, in the case of predicate adjectives: I am weary.).
So, what can we use for a Tricky Trick?
Well, I will propose one that has worked for me since my Clara Barton encounter--see if it helps you as well:
1. The day was dreary, so she grew weary--just remember that the spellings are the same--dreary and weary (dreary weather makes you tired or weary!).
2. The salesman was scary, so the buyers were wary--just remember that the spellings are the same--scary and wary (a scary saleperson makes you wary or suspicious/paranoid).
Now, I hope you don't get weary in your grammar studies--or wary when you write a sentence using weary/wary!