When will the writers for Yahoo! Makers rein in their errors? When will they learn the difference between rein (which means to control or restrain) and reign (which is what a monarch does)?
Everyone makes mistakes. Even the best writers. And no writer working on a site as widely read as Yahoo! Makers should be given free rein to write without the benefit of an editor.
Giving writers free rein means that they can work unrestrained; giving them free reign means that they can rule the world without charge.
This writer for Yahoo! DIY needs to be reined in with the help of an editor:
She shouldn’t have free rein to write as she pleases; otherwise, homophonic errors will reign supreme.
For an entertaining description of the many equestrian words like rein that have entered our lexicon, see this blog post from Oxford Dictionaries.
This little paragraph from Yahoo! Movies brought back childhood memories for me:
I remember when there were no spell checkers. It was a time when we had to proofread our own writing. I remember, too, a tennis court where we would play tennis. I remember a basketball court where we would play basketball. But I don’t recall a foot court. What would you play there? Footsie? And I remember that when I was given free rein I was allowed to play without restraint.
If I could tell the writer for Yahoo! TV anything, I’d tell him to rein in his errors. I’d probably have to explain that a monarch reigns; the things you use to control a horse are reins:
I’d take this writer aside and tell him that even one error is too much. This is not too much; in fact, it’s one letter short of too much:
Someone — anyone — who works on Yahoo! Movies and is familiar with English, please take the reigns and replace it with reins: