Did you draw a blank?

Did the writer for Yahoo! Makers draw a blank when trying to write about that thing in a bureau that slides in and out and that is used for storage?

draw diy

It’s called a drawer. If you’re from Boston, like me, you may pronounce it draw, but you spell it with that -ER at the end. But that’s the least of this writer’s problems. She just doesn’t know how to form the plural of a noun, insisting on including an apostrophe:

draw kitchens apost diy

She makes a common, everyday mistake with this spelling:

draw everyday

It wouldn’t surprise me if she spelled it that way every day, ’cause here it is again:

draw everyday 2

If the first one is a typo, then the second one is a misspelling. But I’ll concede that this is a typo that even a spell-checker wouldn’t spot (but a competent editor would):

draw if

Here’s a creative spelling of bathroom and a mysterious sparklingly where sparkling would do:

draw bath room

How many more mistakes can one writer make in one article? At least one more, although this may constitute two:

draw like was

I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean. I wish Yahoo had writers who could write and editors who could edit; it makes life way easier for readers.

More than enough

Reading this on Yahoo! Style should have been more than enough to give me pause: Did I really want to continue reading?

mens jewel 1

In spite of that, I continued, only to discover a missing word (there should be an a between wearing and cool). Then a problem with the next sentence: I think the writer fidgeted with it a tad too much:

mens jewel 2

It seems that every day I wish that I hadn’t read something on Yahoo!, like this word that means “commonplace or ordinary”:

mens jewel 3

But I soldiered on. I wish the writer had, too, and that he tried to uncover an unnecessary word. Maybe he tried, but he doesn’t can’t find it:

mens jewel 4

It was an everyday suit

This news anchor wore an everyday suit every day for a year. And this is the kind of error you can see every day on Yahoo! Style:

everyday head style

It’s an everyday occurrence that happens every day

It seems that every day the folks at Yahoo! News commit some homophonic crime. It’s a common, ordinary, everyday occurrence:

everyday news

If you mean “commonplace, ordinary, or routine,” use everyday. It’s an adjective that requires a noun to modify. It can also be a noun meaning “the ordinary or routine,” like: “Mistakes on Yahoo! have become part of the everyday.”

If you mean “each day,” then use the two words “every day.”

It only seems like every day

It seems like every day the folks at Yahoo! make the common, ordinary, everyday mistake of using everyday when they mean every day.

It happened today on Yahoo! News:

news everyday

and on Yahoo! Movies:

everyday movies

and yesterday on Yahoo! omg!:

everyday omg

This is not difficult, people. If you mean “daily,” use every day; if you mean “common, ordinary,” use everyday.

It happens every day

It happens every day: An ordinary, common everyday word gets split into two words. And sometimes the result has a totally different meaning, as it does here on Yahoo! omg!:

every day omg

Going through a phase every day

When it comes to homophonic errors, I go through phases sometimes where it’s every day that I discover them on Yahoo!. Today it was on Yahoo! omg!:

fazes omg 1

I’ll never understand how a writer can confuse faze with phase or everyday (which means ordinary) with every day (which means each day).

If you’re prone to mixing up homophones, you should have someone who’s knowledgeable about language proofread your writing:

fazes omg 2

Look for someone who knows the difference between whose (a possessive pronoun) and who’s (a contraction of who is or who has). I don’t recommend the person who wrote this article.

It happens every day

Well, you don’t see this every day:

everyday sports pr

Actually, you do see mistakes every day on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally.” They are a common, ordinary, everyday occurrence.

You don’t see this every day

Every day there are mistakes on the Yahoo! front page. We all know that. But here’s a common, everyday mistake that appears twice on yahoo.com, here:

and here:

If you mean “common or ordinary,” use everyday. But if, like the writers at Yahoo!, you mean “occurring each day,” use every day.

It’s an everyday occurrence at Yahoo!

It happens every day: Someone working at Yahoo! makes a homophonic error. This time it’s the genius writers at Yahoo! Avatars who confuse everyday (which means ordinary or commonplace) with the two-word every day:

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