This strikes a chord with me, and not in a good way. It’s an example from Yahoo! Style of a writer confusing a group of three notes (which is a chord) and a string or rope (called a cord):
What do you call an accessory that goes with everything you have on? A wherewithal!
Ha-ha. That riddle just popped into my teensy brain when I read this on Yaoo! Style:
If this homophonic horror happened in a nineteenth century classroom, the writer would be sitting on a stool in the corner where she would be forced to wear a dunce cap.
This Yahoo! Style writer should get a jump-start on her high school diploma and head over to a dictionary. She might learn that jump-start has a hyphen, workout is one word when it’s a noun and this sentence is altogether different from correct:
Let’s say this all together: If you mean “totally, entirely, completely,” use altogether. Use all together when you mean “together, as a unit or whole.”
I love sharing my classy spirits and bubbly, so I was interested in this description of a gift on Yahoo! Style:
I assumed the writer meant bubbly (which is slang for champagne) and not bubbles, but with Yahoo! writers, you never know… Anyhoo, here’s that “Champagne pale”:
Now the American Heritage Dictionary says that when you’re writing about that sparkling white wine, it’s champagne, but the region it comes from is Champagne. Maybe the writer uses a different authority for spelling and capitalization. That could happen.
The item in question sure does look pale; in fact its color is very, very light. You might even call it a “pale pail” — that is, if you knew the difference between pale and a pail.
Ashley Graham is quite the gal. She’s a vocal advocate for body positivity, which seems to be a social movement that’s the opposite of an anti-body. Anyhoo, a Yahoo! Style writer tells us she’s an untiring advocate, an advocate who never stops, not even to eat a bologna sandwich. (Not that I’m suggesting she eats bologna sandwiches. I don’t know. She might be a vegan.)
Her advocacy is continuous, meaning that it is uninterrupted. If she took a break once in a while, then she’d be acting continually.