As you are wont to do

It may be a simple case of a missing apostrophe or it may be a case of mistaken word. The writers at Yahoo! Sports are wont to make both types of error:

wont sports

The word should be won’t, a contraction of will not. The verb wont means “accustomed, used to, or likely.”

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I was looking for the U.S. version

I thought I was looking at the U.S. version of yahoo.com, until I read this:

fp jumper

In the U.S., this is a jumper:

jumper dress

It’s called a pinafore dress or a pinafore in the U.K, where a jumper is a pullover sweater.

What Prince George is wearing in the photo is what we in the States call a sweater vest.

 

One couple mistake

After reading this a couple of times, I was convinced that the writer for the Yahoo! front page omitted a word:

fp couple days

Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says on the omission of of:

“The of in the phrase a couple of is often dropped in speech, but this omission is usually considered a mistake. In 2013, 80 percent of the Usage Panel found the sentence A couple friends came over to watch the game to be unacceptable.”

Those titles can be a royal pain!

The Duchess of York gets the lowercase treatment on the Yahoo! front page:

fp duchess of york

Titles of nobility seem to stymie the writers and editors at Yahoo!. But it’s not that hard to get it right, at least if you follow the Associated Press style. The former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is Sarah, Duchess of York. (When you use their full title, it’s capitalized.) The duke and duchess have two daughters. (When you don’t use the full title, it’s lowercase.)

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