Uncovering the quote

Holy moley. In what universe is the pronoun its correct in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?

its baring sty

What does it refer to? newbie? tools? I think the writer meant tools and just didn’t recognize it as a plural noun requiring the plural pronoun their. It’s a careless oversight, just like using the wrong closing quotation mark.

I’m calling T-shirts baring a quote total BS. T-shirts don’t bare quotes, though they’ve been known to bear them.

Eek! A mouse!

Eek! A mouse! That’s what cartoon characters say as they jump onto the nearest chair. Is that what the writer for Yahoo! Style meant?

eek a grin sty

With writing skills like that, it’s a wonder this gal can eke out a living.

Was that the Sahara?

What desert has its own holiday? The Gobi? The Sahara? The Mojave? Yahoo! News doesn’t tell us, just teases with this hint of a desert:

desert news

Ms. Hoskins seems to think it’s National Pie Day, which makes no sense since pie is a dessert.

Sharpening your whistle

I’m trying to imagine how you whet your whistle, as described on Yahoo! News:

whet whistle news

The only thing I can come up with is a wooden whistle being sharpened to a point by a whittler. That would be whetting a whistle. But if the writer meant “take a drink,” then that’s “wet your whistle,” where whistle refers to your mouth.

Was it a Parker House?

I love me some Parker House rolls. They’re small rolls, invented by a cook at the Parker House Hotel in Boston. So, I’m wondering if that’s the small roll that this writer for Yahoo! Style is referring to:

roll sty

I’m also pondering the possibility that a small roll somehow played a role in the “model-turned-actress” scoring a small role in a movie.

Wanted: A flair for words

What Yahoo! Makers needs are writers with a flair for words. Writers who know the difference between a flare and flair:

flare diy

These are nautical flares:


You probably don’t want to include them in your home’s decor. But you might want to give your home nautical flair, which would be a nautical style.

Not helpful for shipping

Is it just me, or does it seem to you that shipping palettes wouldn’t be too helpful for shipping? That’s what I thought when I read this on Yahoo! Makers:

shipping palettes

This is a palette; it doesn’t look very useful for shipping:

This looks like something that might be more practical. It’s a pallet.

Breathe new life into your writing

You know how this writer for Yahoo! Makers could breathe new life into her writing? She could learn the difference between the noun breath and the verb breathe:

breath diy

In the throes of collapse?

Is Yahoo! Makers in the throes of complete editorial collapse? Is there any other explanation for this ridiculous homophonic error?

in the throws diy

I’ve filed this post under “Commonly confused words,” but there’s nothing common about confusing throws and throes. In fact, I’ve never seen anyone make that mistake — until now.

Just in case the Makers writer is reading this, throes means “a condition of extreme difficulty or trouble.”

That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together: This is altogether wrong on the Yahoo! Makers site.

all together diy


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