What led you to believe that was correct?

Though this article on Yahoo! Makers was written by a professional, it belies her knowledge of grammar, which led to her using the wrong word for the past tense of the verb lead:

lead to diy

Perhaps she thinks because when lead refers to the stuff in a pencil, it’s pronounced LED. But when you’re looking for the past tense of the verb (which is pronounced LEED), it’s also pronounced LED, and spelled — surprise! — led.

That’s a really special council

I’ve heard of a student council, a city council, the National Safety Council, and the Council of Trent. But I’ve never heard of Trump Organization special council, which apparently consists of just one person. That’s what it says on Yahoo! Politics:

council news

Michael Cohen, who is an attorney, is the sole person on the council; he’s also special counsel to Trump.

Engendering confusion

Is Donald Trump’s lawyer a man or a woman? Or a transgender? It’s so confusing to read about a confidante and his response on the Yahoo! front page:

fp confidante

Dictionaries define a confidante as a confidant (as especially a female) or strictly a female in whom one confides. Since confidant does not imply a gender, that’s the word to use for either a man or a woman.

Would that be an Alp?

Kylie Jenner’s cap and gown, which she word for her high school graduation, are two objects, I think. Isn’t that a plural subject in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?

sneak peak sty

If that were the only problem with that sentence, I’d probably ignore it. But no! The writer had to go tell us about a “sneak peak,” which I think refers to some mountain, like an Alp. Readers might be more interested in a sneak peek of a party thrown by Ryan Seacrest. Hey, at least she didn’t tell us it was throne by Mr. Seacrest. So maybe it’s not so bad.

Marvel’s first superhero squad

I know nothing of superheros — Marvel or otherwise. What I do know:  This writer for Yahoo! Movies knows nothing of premiere (which is the first showing or debut) and premier (which means most important, chief, or principal and the word she should have used):

premiere mov

Did you draw a blank?

Did the writer for Yahoo! Makers draw a blank when trying to write about that thing in a bureau that slides in and out and that is used for storage?

draw diy

It’s called a drawer. If you’re from Boston, like me, you may pronounce it draw, but you spell it with that -ER at the end. But that’s the least of this writer’s problems. She just doesn’t know how to form the plural of a noun, insisting on including an apostrophe:

draw kitchens apost diy

She makes a common, everyday mistake with this spelling:

draw everyday

It wouldn’t surprise me if she spelled it that way every day, ’cause here it is again:

draw everyday 2

If the first one is a typo, then the second one is a misspelling. But I’ll concede that this is a typo that even a spell-checker wouldn’t spot (but a competent editor would):

draw if

Here’s a creative spelling of bathroom and a mysterious sparklingly where sparkling would do:

draw bath room

How many more mistakes can one writer make in one article? At least one more, although this may constitute two:

draw like was

I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean. I wish Yahoo had writers who could write and editors who could edit; it makes life way easier for readers.

This magazine wants you to read its magazine

Maxim is a magazine. The writer for Yahoo! Style seems to have forgotten that. She thinks Maxim (when it’s in italics) is the company that publishes the magazine and that you can refer to a company by a plural pronoun. She’s wrong on both counts:

their magazine sty

She needs an editor to take the reins and correct her word usage. An editor who’ll remove coverups from a list of swimsuits since it’s not an actual swimsuit. An editor who’ll remove a galloping case of redundancy and who’ll make sense of this final sentence:

swimsuits sty

What do fashion folks hoard?

Jimmy Choos? Gucci handbags? Alfred Dunner elastic-waist polyester culottes? What do fashion folks hoard? And how can the hoards spiral up stairs? Those are the questions I’m left with after reading this on Yahoo! Style:

hoards of fashion sty

Oh, I have one more question: Why doesn’t the writer know that a group of people is a horde?

Eek! It’s a wrong word! And another!

Eek! A mouse! That’s what cartoon characters scream as they jump onto the nearest chair. What the Yahoo! Celebrity writer meant was eke:

eek out cel

The pronoun who should be reserved for people (or animals with human-like qualities). In spite of what former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said, corporations are not people.The correct word in this context is which.

You are food

You are food. No, I don’t mean that you’re food for large carnivores. You are food is what the writer for Yahoo! Makers wrote when she used a contraction instead of the correct possessive pronoun your:

youre food diy

That mistake sits atop most lists of writing errors that make the writer look dumb.

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