Do the right thing: Altar vs. alter

There are days that some editors pray writers will change their habits with these two words.

Altar is a noun in describing a place where religious ceremonies are held: The priest offered communion at the altar.

Alter is a verb meaning to modify or adjust: The engineer knew he would have to alter the design to make the device more efficient.

In other words, you can pray at an altar that people will alter their behavior!