You didn’t think too hard, did you?

The writer for Yahoo! Style didn’t think too hard about the correct word to use here:

to hard sty

Was it matched up with feathers?

If something is “paired down,” does that mean it was matched up with feathers? No, it means that the Yahoo! Style writer doesn’t know the difference between pair (which means to join or match in a set or pair) and pare (which means to reduce or trim).

paired down sty

Girls Scouts are not a group of singers

This writer for Yahoo! Style probably doesn’t know that Girl Scouts are not a group of touring dancers, actors, or other entertainers. That would be a troupe of girls. Girls Scouts are organized into troops:

troupe sty

You sing chords

Even though you may sing chords, you don’t use your vocal chords. They’re vocal cords and that’s what the writer Yahoo! Style should have written:

vocal chords sty

Evoking memories of errors past

Seeing this use of invoke on Yahoo! Style evokes memories of past mistakes made by Yahoo! writers:

invoke sty

If you mean “to call for support or assistance,” use invoke. If you mean (as this writer did) “to call to mind,” use evoke (as this writer didn’t).

Rein it in!

When will the writers for Yahoo! Makers rein in their errors? When will they learn the difference between rein (which means to control or restrain) and reign (which is what a monarch does)?

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Did you canvass the views of editors?

If the writer for Yahoo! Makers had canvassed the views of editors, she might have learned that canvas is a noun (and only a noun) that refers to a heavy fabric. If she wanted to take a survey or poll, or wanted to scrutinize a subject, she might have learned that the word is canvass:

canvas diy

That right is wrong

There ought to be a rite of passage that a person has to go through in order to write for a site with millions of readers like Yahoo! Style.

right of pass sty

Unfortunately, just about anyone with a third-grade education seems qualified for that job. A fourth grader would know that right isn’t right and that rite is.

Where do you put ice cream hoards?

Do you need a freezer in the garage to stash ice cream-loving hoards? Hordes of people want to know. Maybe we can ask the writer for Yahoo! Travel:

hoards tra

Do not give this writer free rein

Everyone makes mistakes. Even the best writers. And no writer working on a site as widely read as Yahoo! Makers should be given free rein to write without the benefit of an editor.

free reign diy

Giving writers free rein means that they can work unrestrained; giving them free reign means that they can rule the world without charge.

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