Try to keep your story straight

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:

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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:

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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:

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Was that an Alp?

Take a peek at this: Yahoo! TV brought us a sneak peak and I’m wondering if the peak is an Alp or a Himalayan or Andean mountain:

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Would that be an Alp?

I don’t know what kind of peak Ms. Bundchen gave her followers. Maybe if you take a sneak peek at this article on Yahoo! Style, you can tell me if it’s in the Alps or the Pyrenees.

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Oh, I almost forgot: Can you also tell me why the writer misspelled Baz Luhrmann’s name?

Take a peak at this!

Take a peak at Yahoo! Style:

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No, really. Take a peak and replace it with a peek, because that’s the word that means “to glance quickly or peer furtively.”

Take a peak

Take a peak. Really, any peak. Everest. Kilimanjaro. Rainier. Fuji. Pick one. And then take a peek at this homophonic error on Yahoo! Movies:

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Take a peek at this

Here’s a sneak peek on the Yahoo! front page that should pique your interest:

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Why is sneak peek spelled correctly once and incorrectly once?

Where else are you going to peak?

If you don’t peak at the top, where do you peak? Why do I ask? Well, just take a peek at this on Yahoo! News to see:

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Which peak would that be?

Everest? Mont Blanc? Rainier? Just which peak is the sneaky one mentioned on Yahoo! Movies?

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Does it not pique your curiosity? Don’t you wish you could sneak a peek at the answer?

Which peak would you take?

The folks at the Yahoo! Answers blog are encouraging residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland to take a peak:

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Which peak would you take? I like Mt. Everest. Leave your preference in the comments and we’ll take a peek at it!

Just the latest sneak peak

Yahoo! writers have made this mistake more than 40 times before. So, it’s no surprise that it has shown up again on Yahoo! Movies:

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Maybe the writers and editors think that because sneak rhymes with peak, that they must be spelled similarly. And that would be correct — if the word they want is the one that means “A tapering, projecting point” like the peak of a mountain. If they want the word that means “quick look or glance,” then that would be peek.

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