Don’t take the words on Yahoo! Music literally:
This is how you literally kick butt:
What Aerosmith did was figuratively kick butt.
Geez. We know that the writers and editors at Yahoo! have trouble proofreading, by which I mean they do not proofread. So, you’d think that the Internet giant would at least provide them with a spell-checker. At least one error on Yahoo! Music could be eliminated:
A spell-checker would have spit out troibled, but wouldn’t have identified the missing words. That’s for the reader to provide.
What kind of bait does an audience use when waiting for a hologram to appear on stage? I’m thinkin’ worms if they’re goin’ fishin’. Or maybe if they’re after a rodent, a hefty hunk of Vermont cheddar:
The writer for Yahoo! Music makes a common homophonic mistake. The correct idiom is bated breath, and it means “with great anticipation.” The verb bate, derived from the verb abate, means “to moderate, lessen, or restrain.”
Of course, there may be times when you mean baited breath. In Cruel, Clever Cat Geoffrey Taylor found a use for the expression:
Sally, having swallowed cheese
Directs down holes the scented breeze
Enticing thus with baited breath
Nice mice to an untimely death.
You might think that this is a simple typo (which should have been caught during proofreading) on the home page of Yahoo! Music:
That’s what I thought, too. But then I read this and I’m beginning to think it’s a real adjective that makes me feel tragically unhip:
Am I really so old that I can no longer identify an egregious typo when I see one?