Kim Kardashian and deadly fame

If you’re unfamiliar with French, as this Yahoo! Style writer appears to be, perhaps you should avoid certain words and phrases, like femme fatale:


What month would you select?

What month would you select in the Dylann Roof trial? According to, a July selection begins in the trial.


But what is the selection for? Personally, I’d prefer to see a jury selection start now for Mr. Roof’s trial.

What color is a pallet?

From Yahoo! Style:


This is a pallet:


A set or range of colors is a palette.

Michael Phelps is not that big

At 6′ 4″ Michael Phelps is a big guy, but not big enough to carry the entire United States, despite what you may read on

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Truth is, he’ll be carrying the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony at the Olympics in Rio, not the U.S. and not into Rio.

Dancing wedding cake

How do you frost a wedding cake with merengue? We’ll have to ask the Yahoo! Style writer:

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Do you think she confused merengue (which is a spicy Latin American dance) with meringue (which is whipped egg whites)?

Not trying way too hard

The news editor for Yahoo! Style isn’t trying too hard to avoid making homophonic errors:

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In all my years writing this blog, this is the first time I’ve seen an “editor” (or anyone else employed by Yahoo!) mistake vile for vial. Of course, vial‘s not a word that used a lot so that could explain the paucity of appearances.

Put down the eggnog

The editors at must have been hitting the bourbon-laced eggnog pretty hard this weekend. That’s about the only explanation I have for this bit of nonsense disguised as a sentence:

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What the heck does that mean? Did the editor mean: Roethlisberger is just one of a few star signal-callers who fall short of their normal standards? That would mean the writer left out at least one word and couldn’t match a verb to its subject and a pronoun to its antecedent. Given’s standards, that’s entirely possible.

It’s also possible the editor meant: Roethlisberger is just one star signal-caller who falls short of his normal standards. That would mean the writer included a few totally extraneous words and used a plural when a singular signal-caller would be correct.

I’m so confused. But not as confused as those editors at Yahoo!. I think I’ll lay off the eggnog for a while.

Adjustin’ Justin Trudeau

The genius editors at Yahoo! Style made a little adjustment in Justin Trudeau’s name, apparently ignoring the fact that Justine is generally a female name:

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Dumbest Statement of the Day

The Dumbest Statement of the Day is brought to you by Yahoo! Style:

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This appeared today, June 26, 2015, and was written by Style’s editor in chief, who was not too embarrassed to include his photo and name in the byline:

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Ya gotta wonder when he celebrates Independence Day. July 3, maybe?

A standout will stand out

Using the wrong word will stand out to readers. That’s what the writer for Yahoo! Makers did with this standout of a misspelling:

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The noun is standout (one word); the phrasal verb is stand out.

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