From Yahoo! Style:
This is a pallet:
A set or range of colors is a palette.
Here’s a fun game brought to you by Yahoo! Makers. How many homophonic errors can you find in a single article on the site? It’s really not hard to spot the pales instead of pails:
Searching for homophones, you’ll pass a totally random comma, followed by a totally random capitalized Chief. The split backyard isn’t the worst mistake you’ll come across on the way to the palettes that should be pallets.
You might not notice this (but I did): That paragraph claims the article was written by someone working for Katie Brown. But one look at the article’s byline says otherwise:
Oopsie. Don’t you love it when you catch a writer in a lie?
Back to our homophone hunt: Passing the now one-word backyard, you’re bound to find an error that even your kids can spot:
Overlooking the incorrectly capitalized plywood, you’ll find another palettes:
This is where you’ll find the next homophonic horror, a confusion of where for wear:
Holy moley, there’s another palettes and a comma where a semicolon belongs:
One more palettes? This has got to be the last:
Nope. There’s one more and a little advice, which I take to mean “pallets that are the same height”:
How many did you find? I found these four: Pales/pails. Palettes/pallets. You’re/your. Where/wear. What about you?
Is your sense of taste so unusual that you’d describe it as a “stray random palate”? Or is it the roof of your mouth that’s a really weird palate? I’m trying to picture what the writer for Yahoo! DIY meant and how anyone could transform their palate into a holiday keepsake. The image is not pretty:
So, I was willing to overlook the random palate, and accept that it was a random typo — until I saw the instructions from making that Christmas tree:
I never, ever thought that there were people who didn’t know the difference between a palate and a pallet. But that was before I started reading Yahoo!.
From the “I Already Knew That” department of redundancy comes this headline on Yahoo! News:
It’s pretty safe to say that if someone created a slide it was a DIY (do-it-yourself) slide. But, thanks for the info.
I’d like to say that the article is a bit of an improvement over the headline, but I can’t. I’m familiar with the idiom “to the tune of,” but have never seen or heard it used to describe an approximate length. But what do I know? I’ll tell you what I know: I know that a luge is a sled or the sport involving a sled. It is not a water slide as this writer alleges:
I also know the builder of the water slide tried to keep his costs low. And he did it by using wooden pallets:
He did not use palettes. This is a palette:
What he used were pallets, which look something like this: