See ‘Game of Thrones’ prime minister tonight!

Yesterday marked the premiere episode of this season’s “Game of Thrones.” According to Yahoo! Style, we’ll be introduced to a prime minister tonight:

premier sty

What’s stationary?

Here’s a headline on Yahoo! Makers that tells us exactly nothing:

diy stationary

First, consider whether DIY (which is short for “do it yourself”) is synonymous with homemade. It is, isn’t it? So why use both? Then there’s the adjective stationary (which means “not moving”) that lacks a noun to modify. What’s the missing word? Does this headline refer to a homemade stationary bike? Judging from the picture, I think this headline is telling us something: The writer doesn’t know the difference between not moving and writing paper (which is stationery).

If you forget which is which, try this mnemonic: Both stationery and letter contain ER.

It’s the principle of the thing

I don’t know if Yahoo! Style has a principal editor — someone in charge who is capable of improving the articles it publishes — but it sure could use one. I’m thinking of someone who knows the difference between principle (which is a rule or standard) and principal (which is not):

principle glamor sty

As for glamor, the American Heritage Dictionary tells us:

Many words, such as honor, vapor, and labor, are usually spelled with an -or ending in American English but with an -our ending in British English. The preferred spelling of glamour, however, is -our, making it an exception to the usual American practice. The adjective is more often spelled glamorous in both American and British usage.

Cue the laughter

Cue the laughter! Unless the writer for Yahoo! Makers thought the “hilarity” was standing in a line, she picked the wrong homophone:

queue hilarity diy

Here’s a piece of advice

Here’s some advice to the Yahoo! Style writer: Make peace with a good dictionary:

said his peace sty

There. I’ve said my piece.

Seriously, editors, be more discreet

Seriously. If the Yahoo! Style editors are going to make a homophonic error, don’t you think they should be more discreet and print it in really teeny, tiny letters?

discrete sty

If they act with restraint and prudence, they’re being discreet. Separate and distinct parts are discrete.

Is that you’re name?

If your name is in the byline for this article from Yahoo! Style, you may want to find another vocation — or at least a competent editor:

youre name sty

Does this strike a chord?

Yahoo! Style reports that Kanye West was recently spotted wearing “a hoodie with chords.”

chords sty

That could only mean one thing: The rapper was singing chords while wearing the hoodie. Or the rapper was wearing corduroy pants (also called cords) and the writer is a tad confused. Oh, I guess that’s two things.

It could’ve easily been correct

With a little help from a competent editor, this could’ve easily been correct. But it’s on Yahoo! Style, a site that’s in its own grammatically incorrect world:

could've easy sty

A flair for the language?

Showing not an ounce of flair for writing, the Yahoo! Style writer makes a homophonic error:

flare sty


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