Dem’s da breaks

Someone needs to fix this breaks on Yahoo! Travel:

breaks travel

Dem breaks should be brakes, which is the stuff that’ll stop your car.

Oooh, nice figure you got there, Kate

What kind of compliment would a “high waist and color blocking” pay to Kate Winslet’s figure? That’s the question we all want answered after reading this on Yahoo! Movies:

compliment celeb

When you say something nice, you compliment a person. When two things go well together, they complement each other.

Getting tangled up in the wrong chord

Kids these days! What with all their cell phones and their smartphones, they probably don’t know that at one time, phones had cords. And if they write for Yahoo! Style, they certainly don’t know that the cords didn’t include an H:

chord style

Take a peak at this!

Take a peak at Yahoo! Style:

sneak peak style

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

What can you sell from a bike?

Grab a bike and get peddling! That’s the advice from Yahoo! Travel:

peddling travel

What exactly can you sell — legally — from a bike? And if it’s not a legal substance, you’d better be prepared to get pedaling, because that’s the only way to make time on a bike.

It’s not pulling a rope

The expression is “toe the line,” and it means to conform to a standard or rule. It’s what the writer for Yahoo! Style should do:

tow the line style

Suffice it to say, this is not good

It looks like there’ll be lots of material for Terribly Write in the new Yahoo! Style. Here’s a random snippet that offers lessons in writing for all of us:

paring style

Lesson 1: If you’re writing about fashion, learn to spell the names of designers and fashion labels, like Emporio Armani. Misspelling something so basic marks you as careless — or worse.

Lesson 2: Suffice it to say, make sure you get common idioms right.

Lesson 3: Pairing misspellings with homophonic errors makes you look uneducated. Know the difference between pare (which means to trim) and pair (which doesn’t).

Lesson 4: If you mean socks with white laces, then write “white-laced socks.” If you mean socks with white lace, don’t.

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.

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