Would that be Gump or Tucker?

Was the writer for Yahoo! Makers referring to Forrest Gump or Forrest Tucker?

forrest mak

Or was the writer just showing us that she has no idea how to spell forest, and she’s OK with that?

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Your kidding

Whether you’re having fun pointing fingers at Yahoo! Makers writers or merely shaking your head in disbelief, things are bound to get silly when you read this:

your having fun diy

That is not right

If you’re following these instructions on Yahoo! Makers, you may be stumped when it comes to step 3:

ie mak

Well, I guess that instruction would work if your initials and the initials of your beloved are K.B. and W.C. Otherwise, you’re screwed. Who wants a keepsake with someone else’s initials burned into it?

Of course, an editor familiar with common abbreviations (even those taken from Latin words) would have changed that i.e. to something else. A competent editor would know that i.e. stands for id est, meaning “that is or namely.” It’s often confused with e.g., which is the abbreviation that means “for example.” But why use an abbreviation at all? If you’re a Yahoo! writer, you’re sure to use the wrong one and your reader might not understand either one. So, go with real English words; for example, for example.

Was that word too tough to spell?

Ya’ can’t make this stuff up. Apparently the geniuses at Yahoo! Makers find spelling really, really tough:

tuff diy

Now you’re not even trying

If you saw this on the home page of Yahoo! Makers, you might think this is the result of a careless brain cramp:

palette diy hp

You would be wrong. Looking at the picture, you could tell that the writer really meant pallet, and not palette, which refers to a set of colors or the board painters use for paints.

As to the “brain cramp”? Well, it looks like the writer isn’t even trying to use the correct homophone, because she also calls the pallet a palate, which is the roof of your mouth or your sense of taste:

palate palette

This gal really doesn’t care about how dumb she looks and how embarrassing her writing is to herself and her employer. She manages to slip in a correct spelling, but not before coming up with another palate:

palette palate

She’s not even trying to get it right. And her attitude is so wrong.

Did you consult a dictionary?

I don’t think this writer for Yahoo! Makers is from the United States, because she doesn’t have a typical American vocabulary. Most Americans know that “dry goods” are textiles, fabric, clothing and the like. But not this gal, who thinks that dry food (which in my house means the kibble we feel the dog) is called dry goods:

dry goods diy

So where does the canned cranberry sauce fit in?

Keep a frog in your kitchen!

Now you know what to do with those frogs in your kitchen! According to Yahoo! Makers, use them to store dessert sauce:

frog mak

The frog is the worst of this excerpt. But let’s not overlook the randomly capitalized dessert and the fact that an instruction that consists of only one step probably doesn’t need to be numbered.

Who’s responsible for that?

Who’s responsible for this goof on Yahoo! Makers? Whose name is in the byline?

whos name diy

Sentence to which I am confused

OK, so placing a comma after a closing quotation mark isn’t a mistake everywhere — just in the U.S. But writing a sentence like this from Yahoo! Makers is the opposite of clear communication:

to which you use mak

Make your own candle holder holder

Even if the writer for Yahoo! Makers managed to spell Smoky Mountain correctly, this brief excerpt would be problematic:

candlestick holders diy

Why did she use the adverb cheaply? It apparently modifies available, but have you ever heard of anything that was “cheaply available,” and not merely cheap?

But the worst mistake is the terminology she used to describe this DIY project. She calls the objects “candlestick holders,” but candlesticks are candle holders. So, you’d be making holders for candle holders. She’s obviously confused a candle with a candlestick.

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