You’re sure to impress your readers with a misspelled word and a contraction when a possessive pronoun is called for. Do them both in a single sentence and you could qualify for a job at Yahoo! DIY:
All you barbers out there, here’s a poll for you: Which service do you prefer to give a customer? A shave or a haircut. Let me know in the comments. While I’m waiting for the responses to flood in, I think I’ll amuse myself with this homophonic horror from Yahoo! DIY:
This is what the writer meant: It’s a barber pole:
Photographer Arthur Elgort has a cannon of work. Maybe when he’s not shooting pictures he’s shooting howitzers:
If I were the writer for Yahoo! Style, I’d make sure my canon of work didn’t include embarrassing homophonic errors. (Even if the writer had use the word canon, it’s a bit iffy if the word applies, since it refers to the works of a writer.)
Can you figure out how an artistic mom could use a plate as the roof of her mouth? Does she use a saucer and Super Glue? And why would she want that kind of palate? Those are the questions I’m left with after reading this on Yahoo! DIY:
Oh, I have one more question: If she’s mixing up ingredients on a plate, wouldn’t that be like a painter mixing paints on a palette?
This might be a decent article from Yahoo! Style — if it weren’t for the errors. The writer could make the age decent with a couple of hyphens: 20-year-old. (Omitting a hyphen from an age is one of the top three hyphen errors you’ll see on Yahoo!.) The paragraph might be decent if the writer appreciated the difference between decent and descent — and if the writer told us how polite the subject is:
Do you ever think that you’ve seen every writing error that could possibly be made when traipsing around the Internet? Just when I think there are no new mistakes to be made, I read something on Yahoo! DIY that disabuses me of that notion. I’ll see randomly capitalized words (like fall and holiday), common idioms screwed up by the use of the wrong preposition (the expression is set foot in), and of course the ever-popular it’s for what should be its:
This is not impossible, but it should be:
Opposed to pasta? You may be antipasta. You also may be anti-spell-checker and anti-punctuation:
(That’s the first time I’ve encountered a misspelled antipasto. Who doesn’t love a good misspelling?)
And I’m totally looking forward to a new dish involving the mysterious slided tomato; there’s apparently a reipe for the tomoato concoction:
Have we seen every error that could possibly be made in the English language? Hardly.
It must be hard for some people to keep information in their heads. Some people can write a paragraph and just can’t remember what they wrote minutes later. Take this excerpt from Yahoo! Style:
We can’t expect a writer to remember that there’s no hyphen in nonprofit. Nor that there’s no “the Barbados.” Nor that amongst is considered a pretentious variation of among to American ears. But she might remember that she wrote about a foundation created in honor of Rihanna’s grandmother.
Dang! If you hadn’t told us this, I would have believed that the foundation was in honor of her grandmother:
See? She forgot what she wrote in the preceding paragraph. That’s maybe too much info for anyone to recall.
Perhaps next time she pounds out an article for which she is paid real money to write, she’ll remember that a peak is a top and a peek is a quick look: