I think the writer of this headline on Yahoo! Celebrity meant piggyback:
If you live in the United States, you’ve heard of July 4th and the tradition of exploding fireworks. But if you write headlines for Yahoo! Makers you might be a little confused between the difference between firework (which is device that is exploded) and fireworks, the actual display of the explosive devices. And you might not know how to spell July:
That’s two mistakes that are simply made by careless writers or editors.
Someone (or someones) must be having a bad day over at Yahoo! Celebrity, because there’s more than an average number of mistakes on the site’s home page.
Maybe the writer is a bit under the weather, and didn’t think to hit the Shift key when writing about the Bible:
Or maybe the writer is struggling with the whole transgender thing, and it’s affected his or her spelling:
That might explain difficulty with choosing a pronoun here:
The pronoun her is close, and yet so wrong. A reflexive pronoun like herself is required when the pronoun refers to the subject of the sentence.
Well, the day is young (at least where I am); maybe it’ll get better for the folks at Yahoo.
I admit it: Sometimes I’m just really nitpicky. I read a sentence like this one on Yahoo! Makers and say (sometimes out loud): What the heck does the writer mean?
Is she saying that sitting down at a dinner table (as opposed to preparing that dinner) requires no thought, but a “picnic situation” (which I presume is different from a picnic) requires thought and planning? I don’t get the comparison. I also don’t get why logisics and differnt passed through the spell-checker unchecked. Oh, yeah, I forgot: Yahoo! writers don’t use spell-checkers. They also don’t believe in proofreading for missing words. But I quibble.
And and I don’t understand how a writer can misspell separately, since separate appears on every list of the 100 most commonly misspelled words. Shouldn’t a professional writer know that?
Is it nitpicky to expect that a writer would know that picnicing, if it were a real word, would be pronounced pick-nice-ing?
In order to maintain the hard C sound at the end of picnic, the writer should have added a K: picnicking. But I pick nits.