Who concepted that?

Anyone can make a typo, pounding out Musit instead of Music. But it takes a special talent to come up with a group of letters that looks like a real word, but is in reality absolute nonsense. Someone with that talent works for Yahoo! Style:

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You just can’t have a past tense of concept, since it’s not a verb. The word the writer should have picked? Conceptualized. Conceived. Created.

I prefer lattés

Why go to all the trouble of creating a graphic and then not proofread it? Or, proofread it and overlook the misspelling? Or proofread it and not know this is a misspelling?

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Why? Could be any or all of those reasons. I just don’t know the reason for mistakes at Yahoo! Makers.

How many can you find?

Here’s a fun game brought to you by Yahoo! Makers. How many homophonic errors can you find in a single article on the site? It’s really not hard to spot the pales instead of pails:

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Searching for homophones, you’ll pass a totally random comma, followed by a totally random capitalized Chief. The split backyard isn’t the worst mistake you’ll come across on the way to the palettes that should be pallets.

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You might not notice this (but I did): That paragraph claims the article was written by someone working for Katie Brown. But one look at the article’s byline says otherwise:

palettes brown

Oopsie. Don’t you love it when you catch a writer in a lie?

Back to our homophone hunt: Passing the now one-word backyard, you’re bound to find an error that even your kids can spot:

palettes diy 11

Overlooking the incorrectly capitalized plywood, you’ll find another palettes:

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This is where you’ll find the next homophonic horror, a confusion of where for wear:

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Holy moley, there’s another palettes and a comma where a semicolon belongs:

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One more palettes? This has got to be the last:

palettes diy 5

Nope. There’s one more and a little advice, which I take to mean “pallets that are the same height”:

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How many did you find? I found these four: Pales/pails. Palettes/pallets. You’re/your. Where/wear. What about you?

Check this out!

Do you include pictures in your blog or website? Do you do a quality check after you publish them? You probably should. And the writers and editors at Yahoo! Style probably should, too:

pic sty

Refrigerator magnets of the Internet

You know those refrigerator magnets that hold just a single word? You’re supposed to arrange the words to create pithy sayings, obscene limericks, or just complete nonsense. Well, this sentence on the Yahoo! front page is like someone threw those magnets on a refrigerator and published the results:

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No wonder there are so many grammatical gaffes!

Is it any wonder that there are so many grammatical mistakes made by the writers and editors at Yahoo! Style? Here’s the opening sentence from a Style article written by — wait for it — the site’s editor in chief:

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Looks like the EIC cares as little about quality writing as his entire editorial staff.

How is that a question?

How could that be a question?

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If the brain trust at the Yahoo! front page had written “How is body heat lost?” — that would be a question.

One detail has been overlooked

Oh, lordie. What can you say about the writer (and her editor) over at Yahoo! Style? They seemed to have overlooked one tiny detail in this sentence. And that detail is — “no detail has been left unturned” makes no sense! None! Not one iota of sense!

detail left unturned

Reader beware

Where the heck did the writer for Yahoo! Style get the idea that ware works here?

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It looks like she doesn’t know there’s a perfectly acceptable word that fits: neckwear. It ends in wear, just like many other words referring to articles of clothing: footwear, menswear, swimwear, sportswear. The words that end in ware are a tad different: hardware, software, silverware.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we’re treated to the indecision of Yahoo! editors as to the correct spelling of air strike (or is it airstrike?):

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The American Heritage Dictionary prefers airstrike, although air strike is also acceptable. So just pick one and go with it.

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