About your mistake

Maybe if you’re agitated or nervous you make the same mistake as this Yahoo! Makers writer:

your agitated

I really don’t think professional writers don’t know the difference between your (meaning belonging to you) and you’re (a contraction of you are). I think it’s just a careless mistake, right? Right?

As you’re writing your article…

As you’re writing your blog post, Facebook comment, or senior thesis, be sure to use the correct words. You don’t want to look like this writer for Yahoo! Makers:

your protecting diy

You are food

You are food. No, I don’t mean that you’re food for large carnivores. You are food is what the writer for Yahoo! Makers wrote when she used a contraction instead of the correct possessive pronoun your:

youre food diy

That mistake sits atop most lists of writing errors that make the writer look dumb.

If you don;t like this…

If you don’t like the use of a semicolon to form a contraction, you won’t like this caption from Yahoo! Makers. But it doesn’t stop there: Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, the writer (who happens to be the site’s editor in chief) doesn’t know the difference between you’re and your and she omitted the hyphen in the compound adjective store-bought:

dont like youre diy

Is that you’re name?

If your name is in the byline for this article from Yahoo! Style, you may want to find another vocation — or at least a competent editor:

youre name sty

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?

You’re having fun

Whether you’re having fun ridiculing the writing on Yahoo! or getting friends together for a drink or drinks, you’re sure to enjoy this from Yahoo! Makers:

your having diy

Unless you’re a first-grader

Unless you’re a first-grader just learning to spell, you should never make a mistake like the one made by the writer for Yahoo! Style:

your shill style

Unless you’re a fourth-grader with a stunted vocabulary, you should never confuse the word shill, which means to lure someone into a swindle, with hawk, peddle, sell, or market.

Lots of one guest

Just what is the fate of your guest during the holidays? The lots of a guest mentioned on Yahoo! DIY has me wondering:

youre guests diy

Maybe that’s supposed to guests! Yes, that’s the ticket. But now I have to figure out why those folks at Yahoo! said “you are guests.” Are they inviting us all over for a little eggnog?

Your readers are sure to eat this up

You’re sure to impress your readers with a misspelled word and a contraction when a possessive pronoun is called for. Do them both in a single sentence and you could qualify for a job at Yahoo! DIY:

reptillian youre diy


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