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:
Here’s a headline on Yahoo! Makers that tells us exactly nothing:
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.
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):
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.
Yahoo! Style reports that Kanye West was recently spotted wearing “a hoodie with chords.”
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.