Whenever I see intact spelled as two words I wonder what was going through the writer’s head. Like here on Yahoo! Beauty:
Did the writer think that the hairstyle was d being tactful?
It’s probably not ladylike to point out writing errors by professional writers, but I’ve never been mistaken for a lady. When I saw three errors in a single sentence on Yahoo! Style, I knew I had to say something:
What did the writer think “a lady like pink” means? That there’s a lady who likes pink? Uh, no. She meant “a ladylike pink.” That’s something completely different. Also different is the spelling of grey. Although it’s not technically wrong, some U.S. authorities consider it a chiefly British spelling, and all suggest that gray is the preferred spelling.
That sound you hear is me screaming: Seeing mistakes like that makes me literally scream. But can a cape literally scream? No, but it can figuratively scream.
Let’s skip right over that misspelling of a cappella on Yahoo! Style and focus on the misspelling of Charlotte Casiraghi’s name:
And then let’s focus on the assertion that she is an “actual Princess of Monaco.” No, even if the writer had managed to get her name right, she’d be wrong about that royal title. Charlotte Casiraghi may be eighth in line to the throne of Monaco, but she is not a princess; in fact, she has no royal title. None.
The home page of a website is like a welcome mat. But what if that mat read “Welkome”? Would you still enter the site?
Would you click on this headline on Yahoo! Style’s home page, knowing that Amber Valletta spells her name with two L’s?
Would you trust that site if it can’t get close to correctly spelling LuLaRoe?
How many errors does it take before you realize maybe you’re really not welcome?
There are so many things wrong with this paragraph from Yahoo! Style that if I were writer’s editor, I’d throw it back at her and say, “Try again, honey. It’s not worth my time to try to fix this.”
Is it really that bad? Yes. Yes, it is. An editor could change the pronouns their and they to its and it, since they seem to refer to Milan. And an editor could add the word the before Milanese’s and change that to the plural possessive Milaneses’. But the sentence still wouldn’t make any sense. It’s a straight-up (notice the hyphen?) mess. It’s a throwback (notice it’s one word?) to the days of our youth, before we knew about grammar and spelling and punctuation and sentences with actual verbs.
But that’s not all. The Cure should be The Cure’s and the random capitalization of some of those song titles has me scratching my head and dusting the dandruff off my keyboard. And the noun throwback is still one word.
It’s on honor to be on the front page of Yahoo! Style, unless they do this to your name:
That was an editor’s attempt at spelling Pharrell, which is the first half of Pharrell Williams. You’d think the folks in charge would make a serious attempt at spelling the star’s name right. Instead, they just made a serious error.