Another time a writer muffed a caption

Remember the last time Terribly Write illustrated the ignorance of style by Yahoo! Style writers? It was a case of the writer calling a muff a “muffler.”

Well, the writers are at it again with this caption about Rihanna and a shearling coat:

shearling coat

This is a shearling coat, and according to the American Heritage Dictionary, shearling is the ” tanned skin of a sheared sheep or lamb, with the short wool still attached.”

shear

And this is what Rihanna was actually wearing:

shearling coat pic

I’m no expert on fur coats, but I’m pretty sure that’s not shearling. If I were writing the caption for that photograph, I’d avoid specifics and call it “a fur coat.”

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