Being to feel

I’m beginning to feel that the folks at Yahoo News don’t believe in proofreading:

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What color is the roof of your mouth?

Somehow, the writer for Yahoo Lifestyle managed to see the roofs of the mouths of a “stylish group.” I wonder what a brightly colored palate looks like:

I also wonder why the writer and her editor don’t know that palate refers to the roof of the mouth and palette refers to a selection of colors. (I also wonder why there’s a hyphen following brightly. It’s considered wrong to put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word it modifies.)

Are your policies benefiting readers?

Are Yahoo News’ policies benefiting its readers? I don’t know what the company’s policies are, but I know what they should adopt: Requiring that headlines be proofread by an actual human being before they’re published. In that way, the Internet giant might avoid embarrassments like this:

A spell-checker won’t have caught that typo. Nor would it have flagged this as a spelling mistake:

I’m not going to say that the Yahoo editors are pulling a total con job on readers. This is just one more reminder that you can’t rely on a spell-checker. But there’s one benefit — at least for me. I learned that puling is a real word; it means whimpering or whining.

 

Editor kicks off letter

A typo isn’t unusual on yahoo.com, and generally a typo doesn’t merit attention. But when it kicks off a letter in a word critical to the readers’ comprehension, a typo is serious mistake:

The lesson for all of us: Don’t rely solely on a spell-checker to do your proofreading.

If only there were a way…

If only there were a way to check the spelling of app names. Like, if the folks at Yahoo News had a picture of the app Grindr so that they could see how it’s spelled. Wouldn’t that be great!?

To to funny

If it’s really cold where you live, the weather might be called wintry. Except on yahoo.com, where it’s wintery:

In the U.S., the preferred pronunciation is with two syllables and the preferred spelling is wintry. Choosing an uncommon spelling of a word is not as bad as two to‘s, which I find too, too funny.

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