How many can you find?

Here’s a fun game brought to you by Yahoo! Makers. How many homophonic errors can you find in a single article on the site? It’s really not hard to spot the pales instead of pails:

palettes diy 0

Searching for homophones, you’ll pass a totally random comma, followed by a totally random capitalized Chief. The split backyard isn’t the worst mistake you’ll come across on the way to the palettes that should be pallets.

palettes diy 1

You might not notice this (but I did): That paragraph claims the article was written by someone working for Katie Brown. But one look at the article’s byline says otherwise:

palettes brown

Oopsie. Don’t you love it when you catch a writer in a lie?

Back to our homophone hunt: Passing the now one-word backyard, you’re bound to find an error that even your kids can spot:

palettes diy 11

Overlooking the incorrectly capitalized plywood, you’ll find another palettes:

palettes 22

This is where you’ll find the next homophonic horror, a confusion of where for wear:

palettes diy 3

Holy moley, there’s another palettes and a comma where a semicolon belongs:

palettes diy 4

One more palettes? This has got to be the last:

palettes diy 5

Nope. There’s one more and a little advice, which I take to mean “pallets that are the same height”:

palettes diy 6

How many did you find? I found these four: Pales/pails. Palettes/pallets. You’re/your. Where/wear. What about you?

Learning something new every day

Before I started Terribly Write, I never knew there were people (professional writers and editors, no less!) who confused canon and cannon. This time someone on Yahoo! Makers has confused the ecclesiastical law with the large weapon:

canon diy

So, there are people who make that mistake. Good to know. I’ve learned so much from Yahoo!.

They’ve done it again

Oops. They’ve done it again. And again. The writers at Yahoo! Style simply haven’t mastered English grammar and continue to commit obvious and egregious grammatical gaffes. First, it’s the mismatch of a singular subject (Sophie Webster) with a plural verb (have done). How does such an obvious error get past the editors? Oh, yeah, there are no editors.

have done coca cola sty

Then there’s the glaring use of lead (which, when pronounced led, is the stuff inside a pencil) instead of the past tense led. Not content with showing an astounding ignorance of grammar, the writer displays a complete disregard for the trademarked Coca-Cola.

They’ve done it again. And they’ll do it again.

You’re having fun

Whether you’re having fun ridiculing the writing on Yahoo! or getting friends together for a drink or drinks, you’re sure to enjoy this from Yahoo! Makers:

your having diy

They’re making their mistakes over there

Those wacky Yahoo! Style editors are at it again with their homophonic errors:

their were sty

How I wish there were fewer errors and better editors at Yahoo!.

Can a dress hold up a leg?

Can a dress hold up a leg? I know that’s a stupid question — almost as stupid as this homophonic error on Yahoo! Style:

leg-bearing sty

Not even close

Those wacky writers at Yahoo! Style are at it again. They don’t even come close to the right word in this article about clothes?

close sty

Jeb Bush moves into the Fla. state capitol building

When did that happen? When did the former governor of Florida move into the state’s capitol building? Maybe the folks at Yahoo! News, who broke the story, can tell us:

capitol news

It’s more likely they can tell us how they can confuse capitol (which is a building and only a building) with capital (which is a city that is the seat of government).

This is really out there

Don’t judge. We shouldn’t judge this managing editor for Yahoo! Makers since we’re not the ones out there making homophonic mistakes:

their diy

Someone needs to rein in that writer

A king and queen reign in a monarchy. Competent editors rein in writers gone wild. That’s what the Yahoo! front page needs — an editor who isn’t confused by homophones:

fp reign in

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