You don’t have to be a genius to know how to spell homogeneous. And if you can’t spell it (like the editors at yahoo.com), perhaps you could ask your employer for one of those newfangled thingies called a spell-checker. I hear they work quite well.
There are lots of poorly spelled words on the Web, but none as bad as this from the Yahoo! Style “news editor”:
What the heck is that? decibels? Nah, that would make no sense (although making sense is not a criterion for writers on Yahoo!). Does it refer to the members of some secret society of anorexic models? Or is it the worst possible mangling of disciples?
A misused hyphen isn’t the worst mistake a writer can make. It’s just the most common mistake made by Yahoo! Style writers. The worst mistake — or should I say, today’s worst spelling mistake — is this:
You might think that this is a misspelling of hombré, but you would be wrong. It is actually the writer’s pathetic attempt at a hair-coloring style known as ombré.