What color is the roof of her mouth?

What is a monochrome color palate? I guess it’s the roof of one’s mouth that is a single color, like green or fuchsia. Maybe the Yahoo! Style writer responsible for this will enlighten me:


A palate is the roof of the mouth or sense of taste. A color palette is a range or set of colors.

What color is a pallet?

From Yahoo! Style:


This is a pallet:


A set or range of colors is a palette.

I can’t remain neutral

I just can’t remain neutral about this color palate on Yahoo! Style:

color palate sty

The duchess might have a great palate, but that means that her sense of taste is refined. Her outfit, however tasteful, is in a neutral color palette.

What color is the roof of Carrie Underwood’s mouth?

I’m sure you’re like millions of other fans of country music star Carrie Underwood, wondering what the roof of her mouth looks like. Now, an editor at Yahoo! Style reveals the secret: It’s pastel!

color palate sty

Coincidentally, the dress Ms. Underwood wore was also in a pastel color palette.

Worried about your job?

Let’s take the charitable view of this article by the Yahoo! Style news “editor” and assume that she’s worried about keeping her job and the anxiety is affecting her writing. With recent headlines about Yahoo! selling off parts of the company, she may be concerned about her future. Of course, it’s also possible that she has a tenuous grasp of English and a third-grader’s vocabulary.

The article is filled with typos and misspellings, but they’re not nearly as bad as her misuse of common words, like betrothed. She apparently thinks it means married, and not engaged:

betrothed sty

She has trouble with the plural of some words, like aircraft:

aircrafts style

The plural of aircraft is aircraft. If she wanted to emphasize the fact that there were multiple planes, she should have used the word planes.

Homophones are another problem for this gal, who can’t seem to remember that palate is the roof of her mouth (or her sense of taste) and palette refers to a color scheme:

color palate sty

Why were the folks at Sofia Vergara’s wedding glowering? We’ll have to ask the “editor” for an explanation:

glower-filled sty

Proving again that plurals are too difficult for her to master, she comes up with lilys instead of lilies. (Didn’t we all learn “change the Y to I and add ES” when we were 8?) And her limited vocabulary is again on display. I wonder what fauna (deer? gorillas? wildebeests?) was lurking among the flora:

lilys fauna sty

Finally, she’s just a tad confused about matching a verb to a subject:

each were sty

When the subject is each the verb is singular (was, not were, in this case).

Poor thing. This “editor” is worried about her job. And with good reason.

Now you’re not even trying

If you saw this on the home page of Yahoo! Makers, you might think this is the result of a careless brain cramp:

palette diy hp

You would be wrong. Looking at the picture, you could tell that the writer really meant pallet, and not palette, which refers to a set of colors or the board painters use for paints.

As to the “brain cramp”? Well, it looks like the writer isn’t even trying to use the correct homophone, because she also calls the pallet a palate, which is the roof of your mouth or your sense of taste:

palate palette

This gal really doesn’t care about how dumb she looks and how embarrassing her writing is to herself and her employer. She manages to slip in a correct spelling, but not before coming up with another palate:

palette palate

She’s not even trying to get it right. And her attitude is so wrong.

Climbing the journalistic ladder

How did the editor in chief of Yahoo! Makers make it to that somewhat lofty position when she knows so little about language and grammar? On the home page of the site, she writes about this DIY ladder:

palette mak hp

This is a palette:


The ladder in question is made of pallets. Is that homophonic mistake just the result of a mental hiccup? Does the editor in chief really not the difference between a palette and a pallet. Uh, yes, she doesn’t know the difference. In the article behind that headline she writes:

palette mak art

Is it any wonder that the writing on Yahoo! Makers isn’t up to the standards of a typical high school newspaper?

Not helpful for shipping

Is it just me, or does it seem to you that shipping palettes wouldn’t be too helpful for shipping? That’s what I thought when I read this on Yahoo! Makers:

shipping palettes

This is a palette; it doesn’t look very useful for shipping:

This looks like something that might be more practical. It’s a pallet.

How many can you find?

Here’s a fun game brought to you by Yahoo! Makers. How many homophonic errors can you find in a single article on the site? It’s really not hard to spot the pales instead of pails:

palettes diy 0

Searching for homophones, you’ll pass a totally random comma, followed by a totally random capitalized Chief. The split backyard isn’t the worst mistake you’ll come across on the way to the palettes that should be pallets.

palettes diy 1

You might not notice this (but I did): That paragraph claims the article was written by someone working for Katie Brown. But one look at the article’s byline says otherwise:

palettes brown

Oopsie. Don’t you love it when you catch a writer in a lie?

Back to our homophone hunt: Passing the now one-word backyard, you’re bound to find an error that even your kids can spot:

palettes diy 11

Overlooking the incorrectly capitalized plywood, you’ll find another palettes:

palettes 22

This is where you’ll find the next homophonic horror, a confusion of where for wear:

palettes diy 3

Holy moley, there’s another palettes and a comma where a semicolon belongs:

palettes diy 4

One more palettes? This has got to be the last:

palettes diy 5

Nope. There’s one more and a little advice, which I take to mean “pallets that are the same height”:

palettes diy 6

How many did you find? I found these four: Pales/pails. Palettes/pallets. You’re/your. Where/wear. What about you?

It leaves a bad taste in my mouth

Is your sense of taste so unusual that you’d describe it as a “stray random palate”? Or is it the roof of your mouth that’s a really weird palate? I’m trying to picture what the writer for Yahoo! DIY meant and how anyone could transform their palate into a holiday keepsake. The image is not pretty:

palate diy 1

So, I was willing to overlook the random palate, and accept that it was a random typo — until I saw the instructions from making that Christmas tree:

palate diy 2

I never, ever thought that there were people who didn’t know the difference between a palate and a pallet. But that was before I started reading Yahoo!.

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