That explains a lot

If you’ve wondered how the many egregious mistakes made by Yahoo!’s writers can go uncorrected, consider these excerpts from an article written by Yahoo! Shine’s senior fashion and beauty editor.

You’d expect that a senior fashion and beauty editor could spell the name of designer Monique Lhuillier, wouldn’t you? But she gets it wrong here

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and here:

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Designer Galia Lahav doesn’t fare much better:

palate 3

Finally (although I can’t say for certain that this is the last error in the article), there’s this embarrassing homophonic error:

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A palate is the roof of a mouth; a palette is the board artists use to hold and mix paints, or a range of colors.

If a senior editor is a careless writer who can’t be bothered to proofread and confuses common homophones, is it any wonder that writing on Yahoo! is so amateurish?

That’s altogether different

If you’re trying to avoid homophonic errors, skip Yahoo! Food altogether. Let’s say this all together: This is altogether wrong:

all together food

The American Heritage Dictionary, defines altogether as “entirely; completely; utterly” and offers this usage note:

Altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. We use all together to indicate that the members of a group perform or undergo an action collectively: The nations stood all together. The prisoners were herded all together. All together is used only in sentences that can be rephrased so that all and together may be separated by other words: The books lay all together in a heap. All the books lay together in a heap.

Not the first time

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a Yahoo! scribe has confused premier and premiere. This time it’s on Yahoo! Finance:

premiers finance

Premier is a noun or adjective; the verb is premiere.

Spreading tensions over Crimea

Instead of diffusing tensions, which would simply spread them, you’d think that the EU would want to defuse them. But noooo. That’s not what it says on the Yahoo! front page:

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According to the American Heritage Dictionary, diffuse means “to cause to spread around freely; to spread out; to make less brilliant.” Defuse means “to remove the fuse from; to make less dangerous, tense, or hostile.”

Boys forbidden to wear pink

In the early 1900s, boys were forbidden to wear pink. I’m not sure how or where that ban was enforced, but we have the word of a Yahoo! Shine writer that it actually happened:

proscribed shine

Unless, of course, the writer doesn’t know that proscribe means  “to denounce or condemn; to prohibit or forbid.”

Let’s relegate that to the language dumpster

Let’s relegate the use of a hyphen after an adverb ending in -LY  to the Grammar Slammer. While we’re at it, let’s make a citizen’s arrest and haul in the Yahoo! Shine writer who also thinks that delegating is the right word:

delegating shine

I had never heard (or read) anyone use delegate when relegate was the word that was called for — until I started reading Yahoo!. Relegate means “to assign to an obscure place, position, or condition.” Delegate means “to commit or entrust to another.”

Lightening an announcement

What was the writer for thinking by lightening the word announcement by one letter?

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Maybe the writer was struck by lightning just before sitting down at the keyboard. Yeah, that’s it.

They’d probably prefer Jell-o

Yum. Who wouldn’t like a dinner that included salad, filet mignon, and a pile of sand? That’s the meal that was served to homeless people, according to Yahoo! News:

desert news

Maybe the writer was thinking back to that old TV commercial with the slogan “Nobody doesn’t like Sahara Lee.”

Is it too much to ask that you rein those errors in?

If I could tell the writer for Yahoo! TV, I’d tell him to rein in his errors. I’d probably have to explain that a monarch reigns; the things you use to control a horse are reins:

hom reign tv

I’d take this writer aside and tell him that even one error is too much. This is not too much; in fact, it’s one letter short of too much:

hom to much tv

That adds up — not!

What was the writer for really thinking when writing this?

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Did the writer have advertisements, a major source of revenue for the Internet giant, on the brain?


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