I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

I wasn’t surprised when I saw that the news editor for Yahoo! Style used the word continuously (which means “without stop or interruption”) instead of continually (which means “recurring frequently”). It’s a common mistake among Yahoo! staffers. I wasn’t surprised when I read the next sentence — I was shocked.

uk sty 1

It is beyond my comprehension how anyone — anyone — could make a mistake that profoundly stupid. (Actually the rest of that sentence makes no sense, either. I guess this “news editor” thought Mrs. Cameron would stop wearing clothes from the United Kingdom because it was leaving itself.)

One out of two

If we were talking about baseball, a .500 batting average would be record-shattering. But this is yahoo.com, one of the most visited pages in the universe, and 50% isn’t good enough. Using two only once, instead of using it correctly twice, is akin to striking out:

fp to

It’s the principle of the thing

It’s entirely possible that the writer for Yahoo! Style is correct:

principle instructor sty

I suppose Ms. Mitchell might actually be a principle instructor, teaching people about some unnamed rule or law. It’s possible. But it’s not correct. Ms. Mitchell is a principal (or primary or chief) instructor.

I can’t remain neutral

I just can’t remain neutral about this color palate on Yahoo! Style:

color palate sty

The duchess might have a great palate, but that means that her sense of taste is refined. Her outfit, however tasteful, is in a neutral color palette.

Somebody’s job might be on the chopping block

Can you imagine making these mistakes, which are seen by millions of people around the world, and still keeping your writing job?

personal affects sty

In my day (which was actually many decades ago), you make mistakes like that and you’re told to pack up your personal effects because your job is on the chopping block. Of course, in my day, professional writers knew the difference between affect and effect and knew that people bid on personal effects on an auction block.

What were the girls hoarding?

Hordes of readers of Yahoo! Style will no doubt object to the misuse of this homophone:

hoards of girls sty

Hoards of girls are the things that girls hoard. Whatever that might be.

This is no time to be discreet

Actually, this is the perfect time for discreet and the absolutely wrong time for discrete:

discrete new

Unless the Yahoo! News writer meant the subject was looking for a psychiatrist in separate parts, she should have used discreet, which means “possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in speech and behavior.”

This writer needs a vocabulary-improvement regimen

This Yahoo! Beauty writer could use a vocabulary-improvement regimen, sort of like those Word-a-Day calendars. Then she might learn the difference between a military unit of ground troops (like a regiment) and a procedure or routine (like a regimen):

regiment sty bea

Eek! An error!

Eek! Two errors compound this homophonic goof on Yahoo! Sports:

eek mlb

The expression is eke out, not eek out, not eke out of, and definitely not eek out of. The word eek is what cartoon characters (and apparently women in the 1970s) say when they see a mouse:

eek a mouse

It’s not about pulling a rope

No, we don’t want him to tow the party line. That would involve pulling some sort of line or rope.

tow party line mlb

Frankly, I don’t even care if he toes the party line, which would involve conforming to expectations and which is what the Yahoo! Sports meant.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,139 other followers

%d bloggers like this: