What color is the roof of your mouth?

Somehow, the writer for Yahoo Lifestyle managed to see the roofs of the mouths of a “stylish group.” I wonder what a brightly colored palate looks like:

I also wonder why the writer and her editor don’t know that palate refers to the roof of the mouth and palette refers to a selection of colors. (I also wonder why there’s a hyphen following brightly. It’s considered wrong to put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word it modifies.)

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I don’t think it’s right

It’s not unusual to see a completely erroneous apostrophe in the possessive pronoun its. What is unusual is a missing apostrophe in the contraction it’s. But it’s not so unusual on Yahoo Finance:

It’s it’s, but it should be its

It’s practically an everyday occurrence at Yahoo. Someone confuses its and it’s. This time it’s on Yahoo Finance for its mistake:

That doesn’t jibe with the correct word

The writer for Yahoo Entertainment must have had jazz or swing music on her mind when she wrote this:

But that just doesn’t jibe with the correct usage of the word. Though lots of people confuse jive and jibe, most authorities say that only one means “agree, be in accord,” and that word is jibe.

It’s not everyday

It’s not every day you see something like this on yahoo.com — it only seems that way:

If it’s a commonplace, ordinary, everyday occurrence, it might happen every day.

Uncommonly confused words

Halloween-themed weddings are all the rage around this time of year. It also seems that boat-themed weddings are making inroads into the matrimonial biz, if you believe Yahoo Lifestyle:

Although that excerpt appeared in an article about “Halloweddings,” the author slipped in a mention about a scull-covered cake. Do you think she was a tad confused? A skull-covered cake might be more appropriate.

This is a skull-covered cake:

 

This is a scull:

It’s a little different, no? I’ll file this one under “Uncommonly Confused Words” because I’ve never seen anyone make that mistake before.

It’s wrong

It’s never too late to admit a mistake and Yahoo Lifestyle should admit its mistake here:

I wouldn’t even repeat the difference between it’s and its, because you know one’s a contraction and one’s a possessive pronoun.

Taking the wrong route

If you’ve been rooting around Yahoo News recently, you might have noticed this headline:

Someone needs to route the editor to a dictionary, which would explain the difference between rout (which means to defeat overwhelmingly) and route (which doesn’t).

It hasn’t fazed the editors

Yahoo renamed its Style site to Lifestyle. That might be an improvement. Unfortunately, the Internet giant didn’t improve on the quality of its writing and editing. Are you fazed by this homophonic horror?

Apparently this hasn’t fazed the editorial team at Yahoo.

Would that be a Kaiser or onion roll?

White privilege has played a roll, according to Yahoo! Style:

I’m just wondering what kind of roll it was. Was it a Kaiser roll, an onion roll, or an egg roll? I’m also wondering if an editor played a role in this homophonic hilarity.

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