Last week, when a writer for Yahoo! Shine wrote about eating “gilt-free at Red Lobster,” I thought it was simply a typo. But no. The ridiculous misspelling (or plain, ol’ homophonic horror) is here again for our amusement:
The word gilt refers to gold, and as a noun means “a thin layer of gold or something resembling gold” or “superficial brilliance.” As slang, it means “money.” So maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the writer meant you can eat at Ruby Tuesday without spending a dime.