Yuk! I can’t imagine what kind of breath is baited. Does the Yahoo! Style writer use worms or leeches for bait?
It’s just too gross to think about. I’ll be waiting with bated breath to see if she corrects this.
Just in case someone from Yahoo! is reading this, here’s an explanation from the American Heritage Dictionary:
The word baited is sometimes incorrectly substituted for the etymologically correct but unfamiliar word bated (“abated; suspended”) in the expression bated breath.