Paired up with the wrong word

Maybe if the writer for Yahoo! Style tried to pare down her use erroneous words she wouldn’t be making these mistakes:

paired down sty

You can pair up items of clothing and you can pair up two words to make the correctly spelled grownup. You just can’t pair down anything.

Was it matched up with feathers?

If something is “paired down,” does that mean it was matched up with feathers? No, it means that the Yahoo! Style writer doesn’t know the difference between pair (which means to join or match in a set or pair) and pare (which means to reduce or trim).

paired down sty

Suffice it to say, this is not good

It looks like there’ll be lots of material for Terribly Write in the new Yahoo! Style. Here’s a random snippet that offers lessons in writing for all of us:

paring style

Lesson 1: If you’re writing about fashion, learn to spell the names of designers and fashion labels, like Emporio Armani. Misspelling something so basic marks you as careless — or worse.

Lesson 2: Suffice it to say, make sure you get common idioms right.

Lesson 3: Pairing misspellings with homophonic errors makes you look uneducated. Know the difference between pare (which means to trim) and pair (which doesn’t).

Lesson 4: If you mean socks with white laces, then write “white-laced socks.” If you mean socks with white lace, don’t.

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Due ewe no the difference between bite and byte? The writer four Yahoo! News doesn’t:

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Eye think an editor is kneaded to rain inn the gaffs on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally”:

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and on Yahoo! omg!:

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This whirred on Yahoo! Shine has a hole different meaning from the write whirred:

stationary shine

and sew does this won:

pair shine

Each writer has their own distinct style

When it comes to Yahoo! Shine, each writer has her own distinct style. And it usually involves one or more grammatical transgressions, like this:

their own shine

That pronoun refers to city (city is the pronoun’s antecedent). It’s a singular noun that takes a singular pronoun; in this case, its, not their.

But of course that’s not the only goof in the article. There’s this one, too:

pared with shine

A homophonic horror, paired with the grammatical gaffe, is the hallmark of this writer.

Patti Stanger’s successful peelings

In a blog post about TV’s “Millionaire Matchmaker,” the writer seems a bit confused:


Do you think that the Yahoo! Shine writer meant “does not detract from my viewing”? Or “does not deter me from viewing”? Take your best guess and add it to the comments. While you’re at it, can you explain what is being peeled or removed here:


Patti Stanger generally deals in pairings of couples, so maybe the couples in question are nudists?

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