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):

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Eek! An error!

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

Calvin Klein: A decent designer

Calvin Klein is a decent designer of Hungarian-Jewish descent. Did you know that? Me neither. And neither did the news editor for Yahoo! Style:

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Missing a flair for writing

One thing this Yahoo! Style writer is missing — a flair for choosing the correct word:

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If the writer meant “a distinctive elegance or style,” she suffered a flare-up of homophonic misdirection.

Dem’s da breaks

Is this some boxing-related pun that I’m too dense to understand? What do the editors at Yahoo! Sports mean when they say some people will have to “pump their breaks”?

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Maybe those editors should slow down (by metaphorically pumping their own brakes) and learn to tell the difference between common homophones.

How to make Freida Pinto look bad

Not content to merely misspell Freida Pinto’s name, the news editor for Yahoo! Style has made her look illiterate, too:

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Ms. Pinto knows more about the English language than this editor. She actually offered a “sneaky peek” on Instagram, which the Style editor changed it to the homophone peak.

What color is the roof of Carrie Underwood’s mouth?

I’m sure you’re like millions of other fans of country music star Carrie Underwood, wondering what the roof of her mouth looks like. Now, an editor at Yahoo! Style reveals the secret: It’s pastel!

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Coincidentally, the dress Ms. Underwood wore was also in a pastel color palette.

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:

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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:

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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.

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