A screaming cape, a ladylike error, and sometimes grey

It’s probably not ladylike to point out writing errors by professional writers, but I’ve never been mistaken for a lady. When I saw three errors in a single sentence on Yahoo! Style, I knew I had to say something:

What did the writer think “a lady like pink” means? That there’s a lady who likes pink? Uh, no. She meant “a ladylike pink.” That’s something completely different. Also different is the spelling of grey. Although it’s not technically wrong, some U.S. authorities consider it a chiefly British spelling, and all suggest that gray is the preferred spelling.

That sound you hear is me screaming: Seeing mistakes like that makes me literally scream. But can a cape literally scream? No, but it can figuratively scream.

It’s not a gray area

In the U.S., the preferred spelling of the color that’s a mix of black and white is gray. But the writers at Yahoo! Style don’t care about that. They also don’t care that when referring to the footwear, Converse is a registered trademark:

grey converse sty

Shoes too loose?

Sometimes I wish there was simultaneous translations on Yahoo! Style; that way maybe I could understand the writers. I get that grey is a variant of what most Americans call gray. But what’s with the “white shoes nothing to loose”?

nothing to loose

Should that be “too loose”? Or “to lose”?

Should writers go gray or grey?

A better question might be: Should writers working for the same Web site spell words in the same way? That’s just one question raised by this teaser on Yahoo! Shine:

Other questions might be: Why can’t the editor spell au naturel? And why can’t the editor proofread?

As to the question about which spelling to use (gray or grey), it probably wouldn’t be an issue if everyone at Shine picked one spelling and went with it.

Although the article teaser uses grey, the actual article uses the more common spelling:

Shouldn’t Shine have some standards for spelling?

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