Building charging stations one at a time

According to Yahoo! Makers, you can get wireless charging stations that are built in, one at a time:

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That’s what it says, but what the writer meant was they’re discreetly built in, so that they’re not noticeable.

Write, then edit

What’s better than writing? Writing, and then editing. And maybe doing a little research. That’s what the writer for Yahoo! Style should have done:

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He might have mentioned that Ms. Blanchett is an Oscar-winning actress (and not just a nominee). And he might have figured out that she looked “more like the fairy godmother” than the stepmother. Maybe.

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:

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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:

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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?

Learning something new every day

Before I started Terribly Write, I never knew there were people (professional writers and editors, no less!) who confused canon and cannon. This time someone on Yahoo! Makers has confused the ecclesiastical law with the large weapon:

canon diy

So, there are people who make that mistake. Good to know. I’ve learned so much from Yahoo!.

They’ve done it again

Oops. They’ve done it again. And again. The writers at Yahoo! Style simply haven’t mastered English grammar and continue to commit obvious and egregious grammatical gaffes. First, it’s the mismatch of a singular subject (Sophie Webster) with a plural verb (have done). How does such an obvious error get past the editors? Oh, yeah, there are no editors.

have done coca cola sty

Then there’s the glaring use of lead (which, when pronounced led, is the stuff inside a pencil) instead of the past tense led. Not content with showing an astounding ignorance of grammar, the writer displays a complete disregard for the trademarked Coca-Cola.

They’ve done it again. And they’ll do it again.

A flair for the language?

Showing not an ounce of flair for writing, the Yahoo! Style writer makes a homophonic error:

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That’s not fair!

The writer for Yahoo! Makers would have fared better if he had used the right homophone:

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What can you teach a topknot?

So few words, so many mistakes. That’s what happens when the kiddies take to the keyboards over at Yahoo! Style. Ya’ gotta wonder what you can teach a “top knot,” unless you already know that it’s a “taut topknot”:

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So, somehow, hair is pulled into a taut topknot using latex boots and black gloves. Sounds lovely.

This may affect your reputation

This mistake on yahoo.com may affect the reputation of the Internet giant:

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It’s hard to consider Yahoo! a serious source of information when a mistake like this appears on its home page.

You’re having fun

Whether you’re having fun ridiculing the writing on Yahoo! or getting friends together for a drink or drinks, you’re sure to enjoy this from Yahoo! Makers:

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