It doesn’t take a genius

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, perhaps you could ask your employer for one of those newfangled thingies called a spell-checker. I hear they work quite well.

fp homogenous

Neither is singular

The writer and editor for Yahoo! Sports gave this sentence the thumbs-up. But neither was correct:

neither have been mlb

As a pronoun, neither is singular.

Maybe you’re too independent

Were the editors for Yahoo! Style so independent that they didn’t feel the need to use a spell-checker or a dictionary?

independant sty hp

How soon we forget

It hasn’t been a week since the passing of Prince, yet the editors at seem to have forgotten his name:

fp prnces

It’s wrong nonetheless

Although it may sound like three words, it is nonetheless incorrect to spell nonetheless the way it appears on Yahoo! Style:

none the less sty

Would that be Gump or Tucker?

Was the writer for Yahoo! Makers referring to Forrest Gump or Forrest Tucker?

forrest mak

Or was the writer just showing us that she has no idea how to spell forest, and she’s OK with that?

Worst spelling on the Web

There are lots of poorly spelled words on the Web, but none as bad as this from the Yahoo! Style “news editor”:

decipels sty

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?

You be frank, I’ll be earnest

Frankly, I think this spelling of Ernest Hemingway on Yahoo! Travel is the product of a writer who is either careless or really careless:

earnest tra

Time to make an arrest

If misspelling a celebrity’s name were a crime, the editors for would be under arrest for this take on Teresa Giudice’s name:

fp guidice

Worst spelling of the day

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:

hommbre sty

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.


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