I was reading an article on Yahoo! Makers when lo and behold, there was an incorrectly capitalized valentine (when you’re writing about a card, it’s a common noun) and a homophonic horror that’s become all-too-common on Yahoo!:
The editor for Yahoo! Style needs to lay off alcohol before she writes. It obviously clouds her spelling ability:
It’s no wonder that there are so many errors on Yahoo!, considering an editor doesn’t know that a group is a bevy and bevvy is British slang for an alcoholic beverage.
Oh, those sneak peaks! You just can’t trust ’em. Be they Himalayas, Alps, Sierras. It doesn’t matter — some peaks just love to sneak. Just take a peek at this peaks on Yahoo! Style:
Just because the words sneak and peek rhyme, don’t assume that they’re spelled similarly, unless you’re referring to mountains. Now those would be peaks.
Who doesn’t love the smell of granite, especially when it’s nashi pear granite. Now there’s a fragrance that’s captured the scent, and Yahoo! Beauty has the inside scoop:
Speaking of scoops, I’d love a scoop of nashi pear granita right now. I just love the smell of the icy dessert, made with nashi (or Asian) pears.
If you’re following these instructions on Yahoo! Makers, you may be stumped when it comes to step 3:
Well, I guess that instruction would work if your initials and the initials of your beloved are K.B. and W.C. Otherwise, you’re screwed. Who wants a keepsake with someone else’s initials burned into it?
Of course, an editor familiar with common abbreviations (even those taken from Latin words) would have changed that i.e. to something else. A competent editor would know that i.e. stands for id est, meaning “that is or namely.” It’s often confused with e.g., which is the abbreviation that means “for example.” But why use an abbreviation at all? If you’re a Yahoo! writer, you’re sure to use the wrong one and your reader might not understand either one. So, go with real English words; for example, for example.