Not a bona fide word

Here’s one sign you’re a bona fide poor speller: You misspell bona fide on the home page of Yahoo! Style:

bonafide sty

This looks uncannily similar to a sentence

It starts with a capital letter and it ends with a period. Must be a sentence. But since it’s on Yahoo! Makers, it also must have a mistake or two or three:

missioni sty

Of course, there’s the misspelled psychedelic. Then there’s the implication some dresses are familiar with the “pyschedelic” swirl. And they’re not just any dresses, they’re Missioni’s dresses. What’s wrong with that? The swirl is similar to designs on Missoni‘s dresses.

How much does corn cost in Tampa Bay?

A Buccaneer! Ha-ha! You know what’s funnier than that? Just about everything, but especially this spelling on the Yahoo! front page:

fp bucaneers

This is meant to be a criticism

My only criticism of this on It’s a misspelling that would have been easily detected by a spell-checker or a person who knows how to spell:

fp criticsm

Not a spelling genius

Someone at the Yahoo! front page came up with an ingenious new spelling:

fp ingenius

Did I say “ingenious”? Sorry, I meant “wrong.”

It’s chock-full of errors

How can one little paragraph be so chock-full of errors? Simple. It’s from Yahoo! Makers, where quality writing is not a priority.

london bridge

The preferred spelling at the American Heritage Dictionary is chock-full, although chockfull is also acceptable. The preferred reference by anyone familiar with English is Big Ben, not the Big Ben. If the writer is referring to London Bridge (with a capital B) it doesn’t get the before it either. But if she’s referring to generic bridges, it doesn’t get a capital B. Who knows what she means?

Who concepted that?

Anyone can make a typo, pounding out Musit instead of Music. But it takes a special talent to come up with a group of letters that looks like a real word, but is in reality absolute nonsense. Someone with that talent works for Yahoo! Style:

concepted sty

You just can’t have a past tense of concept, since it’s not a verb. The word the writer should have picked? Conceptualized. Conceived. Created.

No dissension here

There can be no dissension among readers of the Yahoo! front page: This is just another example of a misspelled word that could have been prevented by a spell-checker or competent proofreader:

fp dissention

How many mistakes can you make?

How many mistakes can you make in a single sentence? If you’re the writer for Yahoo! Style, at least four. You’d start by claiming that Jennifer Hudson has children. She does not; she has one son. Then you’d omit the hyphen in the noun carry-on. Then you’d screw up identifying the children in the picture and claim that SpongeBob doesn’t need a capital B:


Here’s the picture. The boy in the plaid shirt is Jennifer Hudson’s only child. The boy not in the “gingham button down” is the one with the SpongeBob “rolling suitcase.”

jhud pic

On the plus side, the writer did spell Jennifer Hudson’s name correctly. There’s that.

Did you do any research?

How much research do you think this Yahoo! Style writer did before publishing this?

his own sty

I’d say none. If she had considered that the subject’s name was Bianca, she might have verified that the Milan fashion design graduate was a female, deserving of the pronoun her, not his. She might even have gotten her surname correct as well; it’s Luini. I have no idea why she thought it was anything else.


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