What makes a boot a “dessert boot”? Is it chocolate brown suede? Is it the inability to spell by a Yahoo! Style writer?
Here’s one expression on Yahoo! News that you’ll never get right:
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.
Which desert would that be? The Sahara? Gobi? Mojave? No, that would be a misspelling of dessert on Yahoo! Travel:
As I learned in third grade: You want more dessert, so give dessert more letters (actually, one letter more) than desert.
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:
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.
This is awesome. A writer for Yahoo! Shine makes some awesome errors, like this misspelling of Jell-o:
And this great desert. (Do you think it is the Sahara?)
And a possible (and probable) missing capital letter in Web:
And a couple more misspellings of Jell-o and a complete mess of Moira Sanders’s name:
I think it’s just awesome that someone can be so careless and yet still be paid.
Why can’t you starve in the desert? Because of all the sandwiches there! Ha-ha. Deserts may provide yummy sandwiches, but I prefer desserts to deserts.
So, my question to you is: Was the writer for Yahoo! Shine thinking of the Sahara or the Gobi?
Looks like an editor deserted a Yahoo! Food blogger or simply overlooked this common error:
As my sixth-grade teacher, Miss Pratt, used to say, “Remember, you want more dessert.” That was supposed to help us recall that there’s one more S in dessert than in desert.