Getting your nails done, one at a time

Men who want to get their nails done individually, and not in a lump, should head on over to the salons mentioned on Yahoo! Style:

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These salons do nails discretely, as separate and distinct parts. I’ll bet they also perform their services discreetly, so as not to attract unwanted attention.

A news source you can trust?

How many typos, misspellings, and wrong word choices does it take before you question the credibility of a news article? If the article is written by a Yahoo! News staffer, I start with an attitude of skepticism, which is buttressed by the errors that are sure to be there.

I can count on there being at least one homophonic error. In this article, the writer claims an ice sculpture was discretely wheeled into a hotel suite:

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Unless that sculpture was delivered in bits of ice cubes, it was brought in discreetly, so as not to attract attention.

A typo in a photo caption isn’t the worst thing you’ll find in the article:

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But a second homophonic error just might be:

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Perhaps it’s a rite of passage at Yahoo! News: You can’t get a byline until you’ve made at least three boneheaded mistakes in a single article.

Here’s a makeshift spelling of makeshift:

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There’s nothing wrong with this paragraph except for the arbitrarily capitalized former and the spelling of Dinesh D’Souza and Cathy McMorris Rodgers:

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Two of those mistakes would get you sent to the woodshed in a legitimate news organization. But wait! There’s more! Here, the writer claims there was a big band consisting of 16 pieces:

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and yet in the photo caption, he’s added a musician:

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Perhaps the writer was enjoying the contents of the kegerator when he wrote this:

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and then forgot that if you use a dollar sign, you shouldn’t also use the word bucks (because that would be “20 dollars bucks”):

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So, I’m not trustin’ too much (if anything) I read from this author. I guess for some, getting an article published is all that matters:

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Filming a little at a time

If the movie “Escape From Tomorrow” was filmed discretely, as alleged on Yahoo! Movies, then it was filmed with unconnected, distinct parts:

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If, however, it was filmed surreptitiously, then it was filmed discreetly.

Height of indiscretion

While most mothers try to nurse their babies discreetly, according to Yahoo! Shine this mother managed to nurse her infant separately from something — I’m guessin’ it was her child.

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The height of indiscretion

There’s a certain lack of good judgment — or indiscretion — in this writer’s choice of words on Yahoo! News:

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Discreet means “marked by, exercising, or showing prudence and wise self-restraint” or “modest.” Discrete means “separate and distinct.”

I’m not going to be discreet

Some situations call for diplomacy, discretion, and tact. This is not one of those situations. At Terribly Write, it is never one of those situations, because a professional writer who screws up the English language will incur my wrath. And this article from Yahoo! Shine is just one more wrath-incurring example.

I’ll never understand a professional writer misspelling a name. This spelling of Mr. Hollande’s name would be better-looking if it were François, and not the female name Françoise:

And poor little Giulia Sarkozy doesn’t get better treatment by the writer who doesn’t even bother to come close to the correct spelling:

So, the writer didn’t want to leave out Ms. Bruni-Sarkozy in the insult department, with a manglement. And she follows it with some bit of incomprensibility, which I think means “trying to adopt the nickname Jackie O,” which doesn’t make much more sense. Then there’s a little missing word:

She really has problems with the indefinite article a, dropping it like she’s just learning the language. Which she may be. That could explain the whole “ski rink” thing, which must be an enormous rink:

Oh, this is a cozy misspelling of Bruni-Sarkozy. And it’s followed by the name of a movie that looks more like the name of an eau de parfum; that’s why movie titles are usually in quotation marks.

Lordie, someone please tell this girl about Twitter:

I’m not going to be discreet about this: The writer is an idiot. I suspect she is so ignorant of English that she doesn’t know that discreet has a homophone that is spelled d-i-s-c-r-e-t-e and means something entirely different:

Can you figure this out?

Holy moly! I never knew that IVF treatments can cost millions of dollars. Millions! It must be so because I read it on Yahoo! Shine:

I would have thought that the costs could add up to five figures, but I was wrong.

I was also wrong when I thought that some married men were looking for discreet one-night stands, but noooo. They’re looking for discrete, distinct, not continuous one-night stands:

This is definitely a typo, but I don’t know if the writer’s talking about a community or multiple communities:

I wish the writer would try to get her facts straight, like the name of the Known Donor Registry:

Take a sneak peek at this caption:

Can you figure out how mistakes like this get by the editors?

Meryl Streep on separately placed boxes

In “Julie and Julia,” Meryl Streep stood on individual boxes to appear taller. It’s not clear if the boxes were visible to the camera, since they weren’t discreetly placed, according Yahoo! Movies:

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The Discreet Charm of the Wrong Word

The world is made up of discrete individuals who are separate and distinct. Some of them may actually be discreet, too, and never divulge a secret. It looks like one individual at Yahoo! Movies was a bit indiscreet and revealed confusion about the two words:

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