To cite Jarod Kintz on the subject of words that sound alike: “I gave her flour instead of a flower, because I knew she loved homophones. ” Perhaps the writer for Yahoo! Style enjoys homophones as well:
Though this article on Yahoo! Makers was written by a professional, it belies her knowledge of grammar, which led to her using the wrong word for the past tense of the verb lead:
Perhaps she thinks because when lead refers to the stuff in a pencil, it’s pronounced LED. But when you’re looking for the past tense of the verb (which is pronounced LEED), it’s also pronounced LED, and spelled — surprise! — led.
I’ve heard of a student council, a city council, the National Safety Council, and the Council of Trent. But I’ve never heard of Trump Organization special council, which apparently consists of just one person. That’s what it says on Yahoo! Politics:
Michael Cohen, who is an attorney, is the sole person on the council; he’s also special counsel to Trump.
Is Donald Trump’s lawyer a man or a woman? Or a transgender? It’s so confusing to read about a confidante and his response on the Yahoo! front page:
Dictionaries define a confidante as a confidant (as especially a female) or strictly a female in whom one confides. Since confidant does not imply a gender, that’s the word to use for either a man or a woman.
Kylie Jenner’s cap and gown, which she word for her high school graduation, are two objects, I think. Isn’t that a plural subject in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?
If that were the only problem with that sentence, I’d probably ignore it. But no! The writer had to go tell us about a “sneak peak,” which I think refers to some mountain, like an Alp. Readers might be more interested in a sneak peek of a party thrown by Ryan Seacrest. Hey, at least she didn’t tell us it was throne by Mr. Seacrest. So maybe it’s not so bad.
Did the writer for Yahoo! Makers draw a blank when trying to write about that thing in a bureau that slides in and out and that is used for storage?
It’s called a drawer. If you’re from Boston, like me, you may pronounce it draw, but you spell it with that -ER at the end. But that’s the least of this writer’s problems. She just doesn’t know how to form the plural of a noun, insisting on including an apostrophe:
She makes a common, everyday mistake with this spelling:
It wouldn’t surprise me if she spelled it that way every day, ’cause here it is again:
If the first one is a typo, then the second one is a misspelling. But I’ll concede that this is a typo that even a spell-checker wouldn’t spot (but a competent editor would):
Here’s a creative spelling of bathroom and a mysterious sparklingly where sparkling would do:
How many more mistakes can one writer make in one article? At least one more, although this may constitute two:
I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean. I wish Yahoo had writers who could write and editors who could edit; it makes life way easier for readers.