Don’t trust your memory when it comes to spelling a celebrity’s name. Google it. If you don’t, you could look as ignorant (and arrogant) as the Yahoo! Style writer who misspelled Will Ferrell’s name:
Maybe it’s the result of a tight deadline. Maybe it’s the product of too many margaritas the night before. Whatever the reason for the errors in this excerpt from Yahoo! Style, readers are bound to notice and judge:
Readers might not notice (or care about) the capitalized Queen. But if you follow the Associated Press style (as well as the style edicts of other authorities), you don’t capitalize queen unless it comes directly before the queen’s name.
Anyone is bound to notice that you’re left to fill in the blank between Middleton looked and in. It’s kinda like Mad Libs. “Gimme an adjective!” I’m going to suggest disheveled. Or maybe sesquipedalian.
Fashionistas wanting to clone the duchess’ style will be disappointed to learn that there is no Locke & Co. selling a Marisbel hat. There is a Marisabel hat offered by Lock & Co., though it retails for considerably more than $1.40. It’s Frisbee-like in its shape. And by Frisbee I mean that plastic disk that gets thrown around as well as the trademark that gets thrown around as if it were a common noun.
Where the heck was this written? It’s on the Yahoo! front page, but it doesn’t look like it was written by anyone familiar with American sports or pronunciation:
Unless the writer is referring to the Singaporean film “Homerun,” that should be home run. And unless the writer pronounces it omerun, that indefinite article should a, not an.