The wrong effect

If you learned that affect is a verb and effect is a noun, you learned only part of the lesson about these two often-confused words. The writer for Yahoo! Sports probably learned that partial lesson, too, because she’s a little confused:

affect change mlb

To affect change means to have an effect on change. If you mean “bring about change,” use effect. As a verb effect means “bring about, make happen, or cause.” It’s often used in expressions like “effect a cure” or “effect change.”

Striking the wrong chord

Nothing in this photo caption on Yahoo! Style hits the right note or strikes a chord with me:

hit cord sty

I’m embarrassed for the writer. She managed to screw up a common expression in two ways: The expression is “hit the right note” or “strike a chord” (but she can’t even use the correct homophone in the latter). It’s followed in the same sentence with a mismatched subject and verb. And to prove that she’s not just grammatically and verbally impaired, she shows that she knows little about the subject of this mess by misspelling Céline. I’ve read high school newspapers that are better written and edited than this.

Cue the music!

Before you cue the music, you might want to make sure that the music is queued up.

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From Yahoo! Sports.

Continually making mistakes

Writers at Yahoo! Style continually make mistakes. And here’s one more:

continuously sty

If the writers and editors never, ever stopped making mistakes, if they made mistakes ceaselessly without interruption, then they would be making mistakes continuously. But even they aren’t that bad. Just bad enough to confuse continuously with continually.

There’s more than a slight chance you’re wrong

It doesn’t take sleight of hand to correct a homophonic error on Yahoo! Sports: All it takes is a little knowledge of the difference between slight (which is a snub or discourteous comment) and sleight (which is a clever trick):

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Not loving this

I’m not loving this typo and homophonic error on Yahoo! Style:

who loving sty

It can be seen in its entirety below

The Yahoo! Sports writer mistakes it’s (which means it is or it has) with its, which can be seen in its entirety below:

its entirety

What it’s best known for

I don’t know what Yahoo! Finance is best known for. Could it be the typos? Or is it best known for its writers’ inability to distinguish a contraction (like, oh, say, maybe it’s) from a possessive pronoun (like its)?

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The premier homophonous error

Yahoo! Sports is the premier site for homophonous errors:

premiere spo mlb

As a whole, this is wrong

There might be worse sentences on Yahoo! Sports, but this one, as a whole, is pretty bad:

as a hole mlb

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