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.

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.

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.

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.”

A technique tie-die for

If I made a mistake like this one on Yahoo! Style, I’d practically die of embarrassment:

tie die sty

The technique of tying and dyeing fabric is called tie-dye.

I stopped reading due to your word choice

Looks like the writer for Yahoo! Style made do without the services of an editor.

made due sty

When I read this, I stopped reading due to the writer’s inability to use the idiom made do.

Not discreetly placed

This hyphen from Yahoo! Style is not discreetly placed; it’s as clear as day:

discretely-placed sty

If you care about writing that is scrupulously correct, you wouldn’t put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word that follows it. If you care about being understood and not looking like an undereducated dilettante, you’d use discreet when you’re referring to something that was designed to attract little attention.

A tale of a bird

A head, a body, a beak, a tale. A tale? Like in a story? Yup, those are the parts of a bird you’ll be making if you follow the instructions on Yahoo! Makers:

tale diy


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