Is a word missing?

Is this article on Yahoo! Makers missing a word? Was the writer talking about fancy stationary bikes?

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Nah. She just doesn’t know the difference between stationary (which means “not moving”) and the paper you write on (which is stationery).

I sometimes forget which homophone to use. And then I remember: A lettER is written on stationERy.

This is just not right

Yahoo! Makers’ writers display some really creative ideas — especially when it comes to the English language. I’ve references to a “right of passage,” but have never seen one that had the additional creativity of hyphens:

right-of-passage diy

So wrong — and yet so innovative! Is the ability to misspell a common idiom in multiple ways a rite of passage for Yahoo! writers?

Setting my sights

So I set my sights on homophonic errors on Yahoo! Parenting and found this:

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You didn’t think too hard, did you?

The writer for Yahoo! Style didn’t think too hard about the correct word to use here:

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Was it matched up with feathers?

If something is “paired down,” does that mean it was matched up with feathers? No, it means that the Yahoo! Style writer doesn’t know the difference between pair (which means to join or match in a set or pair) and pare (which means to reduce or trim).

paired down sty

Girls Scouts are not a group of singers

This writer for Yahoo! Style probably doesn’t know that Girl Scouts are not a group of touring dancers, actors, or other entertainers. That would be a troupe of girls. Girls Scouts are organized into troops:

troupe sty

You sing chords

Even though you may sing chords, you don’t use your vocal chords. They’re vocal cords and that’s what the writer Yahoo! Style should have written:

vocal chords sty

Evoking memories of errors past

Seeing this use of invoke on Yahoo! Style evokes memories of past mistakes made by Yahoo! writers:

invoke sty

If you mean “to call for support or assistance,” use invoke. If you mean (as this writer did) “to call to mind,” use evoke (as this writer didn’t).

Rein it in!

When will the writers for Yahoo! Makers rein in their errors? When will they learn the difference between rein (which means to control or restrain) and reign (which is what a monarch does)?

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That right is wrong

There ought to be a rite of passage that a person has to go through in order to write for a site with millions of readers like Yahoo! Style.

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Unfortunately, just about anyone with a third-grade education seems qualified for that job. A fourth grader would know that right isn’t right and that rite is.

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