Yahoo! Sports is the premier site for homophonous errors:
Singer of songs Raffi has a new album and it has something to do with a prime minister. At least that’s what I think it’s about after reading this on Yahoo! Parenting:
It’s possible the editor meant premiere, which is the debut of a song or recording. As a noun, premier means prime minister or other administrative officer.
You might expect that the first shark fisherman in Maryland was catching the monsters hundreds of years ago. But you would be wrong. Yahoo! Travel highlights the man who’s still fishing for sharks.
He’s so well known in the area, you might call him the premier shark fisherman, especially if you know the difference between premiere (the first performance) and premier (the most important or the principal).
Huh? I have no idea what prime ministers (AKA premiers) on a channel have to do with Caitlyn Jenner. Those editors at Yahoo! Style always manage to confuse me:
I think I’ll just give up trying to figure out what that means. I’m going to watch a little TV. Maybe I’ll catch Ms. Jenner’s show, which premieres on the E! network.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a Yahoo! scribe has confused premier and premiere. This time it’s on Yahoo! Finance:
Premier is a noun or adjective; the verb is premiere.
It’s odd to think now that the writer for Yahoo! Travel doesn’t know that the head of the Soviet Union was the premier:
If this is a writer’s debut on the Yahoo! front page, then it’s a premiere:
If the writer is describing a product that is “first in position, rank, or importance,” then it should be a premier.
Although there’s some disagreement among authorities on the use of premiere as an adjective to mean “first or foremost,” most prefer premier in this context.