No dancing around this word choice on Yahoo! Travel — it’s a lemon:
The fluffy egg whites on top of a lemon pie is a meringue. A merengue is a spicy Latin American dance.
I’m sure this is not the sole mistake a reader will find today on yahoo.com:
This is one of those errors that has me asking, Is the writer really, really that ignorant? careless? stupid? What? What could possibly make anyone think that sole is the correct spelling in the song “Heart and Soul”? What?
It’s hard to believe that a professional writer (even one who works for Yahoo! Makers) can make this mistake:
Using the contraction it’s (which means it is or it has), instead of the correct possessive pronoun its is one of the most common mistakes anywhere, but especially at Yahoo!.
In the same article the writer makes another homophonic error. This is too funny:
Before tartar forms on your teeth, are they pre-calculous? And do they have homework? Makes no sense, but that’s the questions I’d like to ask the writer for Yahoo! Style:
Do you think that this Einstein meant precalculus, the class students take before taking calculus? Once we’ve settle that, I’d like to know what was transformed into a frock? I’m searching in vain for the antecedent for the pronoun it. It just isn’t in there. Perhaps she meant the student transformed them into a dress. That pronoun could refer to “pre-calculous homework papers,” velvet, and satin ribbon. Unless she used two types of ribbon: velvet ribbon and satin ribbon.
Yahoo! Makers’ writers display some really creative ideas — especially when it comes to the English language. I’ve references to a “right of passage,” but have never seen one that had the additional creativity of hyphens:
So wrong — and yet so innovative! Is the ability to misspell a common idiom in multiple ways a rite of passage for Yahoo! writers?