I can’t bear it! The editors at Yahoo! Style are baring their ignorance with this homophonic gaffe:
I was going to crop this picture to eliminate the behind-baring dresses and the behinds. But I changed my mind. You’re welcome.
The principal (or most important) principle (or basic rule) of writing is to know something about the language you’re writing in. The writer for Yahoo! Style illustrates one possible outcome if you dare to violate that principle:
The head administrator of a high school is a principal. Didn’t we all learn in third grade: The principal is your pal?
What do you call an accessory that goes with everything you have on? A wherewithal!
Ha-ha. That riddle just popped into my teensy brain when I read this on Yaoo! Style:
If this homophonic horror happened in a nineteenth century classroom, the writer would be sitting on a stool in the corner where she would be forced to wear a dunce cap.
I love sharing my classy spirits and bubbly, so I was interested in this description of a gift on Yahoo! Style:
I assumed the writer meant bubbly (which is slang for champagne) and not bubbles, but with Yahoo! writers, you never know… Anyhoo, here’s that “Champagne pale”:
Now the American Heritage Dictionary says that when you’re writing about that sparkling white wine, it’s champagne, but the region it comes from is Champagne. Maybe the writer uses a different authority for spelling and capitalization. That could happen.
The item in question sure does look pale; in fact its color is very, very light. You might even call it a “pale pail” — that is, if you knew the difference between pale and a pail.
Here’s a question for ya’: Did the Yahoo! Style writer mean this “mock inauguration scene” purportedly took place in the U.S. capital? Or in the U.S. Capitol?
The U.S. capital (with a small C and two A’s) is Washington D.C. The U.S. Capitol (with a capital C, one A, and one O) is a building in the capital that houses Congress.