Lightening the load

After I got over my horror at seeing the pronoun it used to refer to the plural planes, I thought I was more or less immune to the writing mistakes I was sure to find in this article on Yahoo! Travel:

lightening travel

But I was wrong. I’m appalled that a professional writer thinks that lightening is something that can strike a plane. It is not. It is the act of making a plane lighter. The scary stuff in the sky is lightning.

No lie: That’s wrong

After reading this snippet from Yahoo! Travel, you can just lie down and try to forget you ever saw it:

lay down travel

The verbs lay and lie have been confused for a long, long time. But careful writers know that lay takes a direct object and means “to put, place, or prepare” and lie, which cannot take an object, means “to recline or be situated.”

Here’s a lesson for you

Here’s a brief lesson for a Yahoo! Travel: Employing the services of a competent editor may lessen the number of mistakes you make:

lessons health

It’s the principle of the thing

If you read something on a site about a subject as important as health, you’d expect it to be accurate. But would you trust the credibility of a site like Yahoo! Health, if the writer made a mistake like this?

meditation principals

The writer, of course, meant principles (the basic elements, rules, or standards) of meditation. I wonder how many other homophonic errors this writer has made. Can we except that Yahoo! Health will feature an article on staff infections or the heartbreak of AIDES?

Do waffle shoes have a soul?

Sometimes reading Yahoo! News is like trying to untangle every spaghetti strand in a bowl of pasta. Words seem to be strewn about in a totally random fashion, and if you are able to put them in the correct order you’ll like find a homophonic error:

waffle soul news

I was able to rearrange those three words into “waffle soul shoe,” but I think it should be “waffle sole shoe.” As for the rest of the sentence? I’m totally clueless.

Check out this

So, how did Yahoo! Answers get its name? Is it the result of consumer research? I really don’t know, but I do know that it’s not the best-written site on Yahoo!. Check out the mistakes in this one little paragraph, which include a contraction (it’s) instead of a possessive pronoun (its) and a noun (checkout) instead of a phrasal verb (check out):

bluetooth answers

Going through a phase

Not much fazes me when I’m reading Yahoo! Celebrity. I generally remain unfazed by the writers’ many mistakes, even this one:

unphased omg

Let’s hope the ceilings are high

Any capitol would need high ceilings to accommodate a little NBA action.

capitol sports

The nation’s capitol is the United States Capitol. It’s a building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., which is the nation’s capital.  The capital is far more likely to be the site of an NBA game, and not the building that’s alleged on Yahoo! Sports.

It’ll leave you in stitches

Sewing seeds involves needle and thread. Sowing seeds (even figuratively) involves scattering them around so that they’ll grow. Screwing up the words involves a writer on Yahoo! Sports:

sewn sports

That makes no sense

I sense a homophonic error on Yahoo! TV. Could it be that the writer really doesn’t know the difference between a sensor and a person who bleeps out sweary words?

sensors tv

Yup.  I swear that’s the most fucked-up (strike-through courtesy of TW censors) mistake I’ve seen today.

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