Are those letters to legislators?

While I’m pondering what “capitol letters” are (could they be missives to representatives on Capitol Hill?), you can ponder the mystery that is a mismatched subject and verb on Yahoo! Finance:


The word capitol means only one thing: A building or buildings where legislatures meet. If you mean something else (including uppercase letters), use capital. Maybe someone at Yahoo! can explain why using incorrect words does not matter to the Internet giant.

What color is a pallet?

From Yahoo! Style:


This is a pallet:


A set or range of colors is a palette.

It’s the real standout

It’s a Yahoo! Finance article about Verizon’s purchase of Yahoo!, but its homophonic error is the real standout:


Take a peek at this!

Take a peek at this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

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If that doesn’t pique your interest in learning about homophones, nothing will.

We don’t judge

I am hopeless unhip and not the least bit embarrassed by it. So, I willingly admit I have no idea who this Nev Schulman is who’s featured on Yahoo! Style:

fiance style vma

From the accompanying photo, Nev Schulman appears to be a man. And Laura Perlango, who is obviously pregnant, appears to be a woman. But, according to the folks at Yahoo!, that person is actually a man, engaged to Nev Schulman. So, I’m a little confused. I supposed that a man who was formerly a female, but with some anatomical parts still intact, could be pregnant. It’s none of my business, really. I don’t judge.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that Laura Perlango is actually a female, making her Nev’s fiancée. And the writer didn’t take French I in high school, where we learned that fiancé refers to a male who is engaged and fiancée to a female.

Everyday error appears (almost) every day

It’s a common, everyday experience: Someone at Yahoo! Style uses the wrong word. This time an editor confused everyday (which means commonplace, ordinary, or routine) with every day (which means each day):

everyday style hp

This couldn’t be further from good

This is kinda the mother of all bad word choices on Yahoo! Style:

father than sty

That couldn’t be further from the correct words.

UPDATE: After I took that screen-grab, the paragraph was changed, presumably by an editor. To the editor’s credit, an incorrect pronoun was changed (from their to its) and a hyphen was added to photo-altering. And the father than the truth got a little closer to correct, though it’s still wrong:

father than sty 2

If you mean a physical distance, then farther is correct; for a metaphorical distance, the correct word is further.

Troops of athletes?

A regiment of athletes is a large group. According to Yahoo! Sports the regiment may be following a regimen of a procedure called cupping:

regiment spo

At least, I think that’s what the writer meant.

This couldn’t be further from correct

Maybe it was a silver dollar. And maybe the silver dollar was rolling down a hill. And it rolled farther than it had before. If that were the case, then this word usage on Yahoo! Finance would be correct:

farther fin

Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re describing a physical distance, then farther is the right word; otherwise, the right word is further.

This is where I stopped reading

This is where I stopped reading a certain article on Yahoo! Sports:

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