Is that a new Southwestern dessert?

I love desserts. All kinds of desserts — pie, cake, ice cream, even the occasional Baked Alaska. I’ve tasted all kinds of sweets, but never the “dry, tumbleweed-filled dessert” mentioned on Yahoo! Style. It sounds like the kind of thing you’d find in the American Southwest:

dessert style cruz

Were they chocolate brown?

What makes some footwear a dessert boot? Is it chocolate brown? Caramel colored? Mint green? Yahoo! Style description of suede dessert boots is positively yummy, although I think the boots would be more suitable to a hot, dry desert than a dessert table:

dessert boots style

What dessert would you find?

What dessert do you think Johnny Depp found in the desert? My favorite cookie, Pecan Sandies? Or Lorna Dunes? Maybe the writer/editor for Yahoo! Style knows:

dessert sty

Was that the Sahara?

What desert has its own holiday? The Gobi? The Sahara? The Mojave? Yahoo! News doesn’t tell us, just teases with this hint of a desert:

desert news

Ms. Hoskins seems to think it’s National Pie Day, which makes no sense since pie is a dessert.

Was that the Sahara or the Gobi?

What desert could a baker make into the shape of a book?

desert news

Is it possible that the Yahoo! News writer meant dessert? As I learned from Miss Sampson in third grade: Dessert has two S’s because you want more dessert. I wonder what this writer learned in third grade.

Were they chocolate brown?

What makes a boot a “dessert boot”? Is it chocolate brown suede? Is it the inability to spell by a Yahoo! Style writer?


You can’t win

Here’s one expression on Yahoo! News that you’ll never get right:

just desserts

The correct expression is just deserts. The word deserts (which is pronounced like desserts) means “something deserved.” But I guarantee you, that if the writer had used just deserts, some reader would claim it is wrong.  Regardless of the spelling you use, someone will think it’s wrong.

The solution: Avoid using this expression. Do not use it.  Never, ever write just deserts or just desserts.

Would that be the Sahara?

Which desert would that be? The Sahara? Gobi? Mojave? No, that would be a misspelling of dessert on Yahoo! Travel:

desert travel

As I learned in third grade: You want more dessert, so give dessert more letters (actually, one letter more) than desert.

They’d probably prefer Jell-o

Yum. Who wouldn’t like a dinner that included salad, filet mignon, and a pile of sand? That’s the meal that was served to homeless people, according to Yahoo! News:

desert news

Maybe the writer was thinking back to that old TV commercial with the slogan “Nobody doesn’t like Sahara Lee.”

Was that the Gobi or the Sahara?

How much chocolate frosting do you need to spread around a desert? I guess that depends on the desert. At 3,600,000 square miles, the Sahara is one large (and hot) desert. I imagine you’d need more than a few truckloads of Betty Crocker’s Rich and Creamy Chocolate Frosting to do the job right. I know! Let’s ask the “journalist” from Yahoo! News what he thinks:

desert news

Didn’t we all learn in the third grade that the course that comes at the end of a meal is a dessert? It has two S’s. You can remember that using the handy mnemonic Miss Sampson drilled into our heads: Dessert has two S’s because you want more of it than a desert.

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