A sight for sore eyes

What’s the site of your image? The mirror over your bathroom sink?

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Wherever it is, the site of your image is where you’ll catch sight of your image.

That homophonic error is from Yahoo! Shine, a site known (at least to me and regular readers of Terribly Write) for its writers’ errors. I am saddened by the fact that there’s at least one other horrific error — this time a ridiculous allegation:

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Not lovin’ this sight

My eyes! My eyes! The mere sight of this homophonic error on Yahoo! Movies is enough to burn a hole in my retinas:

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What a sight!

As if we needed more proof that the people who write for the Yahoo! front page are functionally illiterate, here’s a sight that ought to strike horror in the hearts of language lovers everywhere:

As a noun, the word sight has many meanings. In this context, perhaps sight means a view or something worth seeing or a spectacle. But if it’s the place where there’s something worth seeing, then it’s a site.

Maybe she’s an egomaniac

What do you call a writer whose works appear on one of the most popular sites on the Internet, and yet doesn’t bother to spell-check her pearls? Arrogant? Lazy? Or maybe simply an egomaniac who doesn’t believe she could make a mistake? Me? I’d call her a writer for Yahoo! Shine:

Someone who doesn’t bother to proofread her gems wouldn’t notice a missing parenthesis, a missing word, a misspelled FAO Schwarz, and the quaint amidst:

This description of a hairstyle is so confusing, I bet even the writer has no idea what she meant:

It should come as no surprise that the woman knows little about punctuation or grammar. The period belongs before the closing parenthesis (because that’s a complete sentence inside the parens). She could remove the ring more easily (an adverb is required to modify the verb remove). Is tweet a proper noun? No, it’s not. It’s now accepted as a verb:

Here’s a sighting of a homophonic error and a truly ridiculous grammatical error:

Maybe this writer is an egomaniac. Maybe she needs to ask for an editor. Maybe she just doesn’t care.

What did she miss?

Is there any writing mistake that the senior editor for Yahoo! Shine failed to make in a single article?

She manages to post this bit of nonsense, proving she doesn’t check anything after she publishes it:

She shows her ignorance of homophones site and sight:

Her preference for variant spellings (gamey instead of the preferred gamy), her inability to control her use of the Shift key (turning an elk into the incorrect Elk), and her wobbly proofreading skills are the highlight of this caption:

Let’s not forget the grammatical nightmare that is this undecipherable mess:

Reinforcing her total disregard for the correct use of capital letters, she turns this common noun into a proper one:

and this proper noun into a common one:

Finally, thumbing her nose at her readers and the lovers of language everywhere, she continues with a capital offense:

Is there any writing error she neglected to display?

What are your reading deal breakers?

What are your deal breakers when you’re reading? The errors that you spot that make you say, “That’s it! I can’t take any more!” If you’re looking through Yahoo! Shine, would you read an article with this headline?

Would the mashed-up dealbreakers and the apostrophe in the plural V-days offend your grammatical sensibilities? If that didn’t stop you, would you continue past the undercapitalized Valentine’s Day and the unsightly in site?

Could you ignore the fact that the writer obviously did not run a spell-check and still doesn’t know how to capitalize Valentine’s Day?

Are you still reading? Right up to the hyphen missing in what should be heart-shaped? And past the kielbasa —which even when spelled correctly — isn’t a proper noun?

What are your reading deal breakers?

What a site!

From the senior political reporter for Yahoo! News‘ “The Ticket” comes this all-too-common sight:

As a verb, site means “to situate or locate on a place or setting.” The verb cite means “to quote or to mention as support.”

It’s a triple play of homophonic horrors

Some writers deserve recognition for their great writing. Piper Weiss, the senior features editor for Yahoo! Shine, is not one of them. She has earned, however, the distinction of being one of the few professional writers (maybe the only professional writer) to make three homophonic errors in a single article. Without further ado (or “adieu,” as she would write), they are:

Bares for bears. Unless the brainiac writer meant “uncovers.” But that would make no sense.

Hoards for hordes. This is a stretch since, really, neither word is correct, though hordes is closer to her implied meaning. A hoard is a supply of something stored up and often hidden. A horde refers to people in a mob or crowd. So, either one pretty much sucks in this context, but I’m calling it a homophonic error:

Sight for site. Just because she writes for a site, we can’t assume she can spell the word. Good thing she doesn’t work for a rotogravure.

The effect of your errors on your site

Homophonic errors on a Web site can destroy a writer’s credibility. So, this excerpt from Yahoo! Shine, with its misuse of effect instead of affect and site and cite, rates a big fat zero on the reliability scale:

Not an editor in sight

Apparently when this article was written for Yahoo! Shine there wasn’t an editor in sight:

That might be why this word is indistinguishable from a wrong word:

When did cottage cheese become a proper noun? Uh, never. And when did Jell-o become a common one? Uh, only in the writer’s mind. Can anyone explain what “in an era where less processed foods are healthier” means? Even if the writer had used the correct word when instead of where, I’d still be lost. And let’s talk about her inability to distinguish a contraction from a verb and a typo from right word:

Perhaps an editor might have spotted the an extra word, misplaced punctuation, and a misspelled Bieber and pomade:

It takes a great deal of moxie to use a Latin abbreviation when your English is so wobbly. The correct abbreviation is et al. The Internet still requires a capital letter. The plural of BlackBerry is BlackBerrys. (The whole “change the Y to I and add ES doesn’t apply to proper nouns.)

How does the writer get away with errors that proliferate in her writing?

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