Were they websites?

Yahoo! Finance took in the sites at an auto show. I can only assume they were websites:

sites fin

Maybe next time the writer goes, he’ll take in the sights. That might be more interesting.


Would that be Jeb Bush’s websites?

Former governor of Florida Jeb Bush has set his sites on Vermont. Sounds good to me, except I can’t figure out what sites this Yahoo! News correspondent is referring to:

set his sites pol

Is it his websites? His campsites? His parasites? Oh, well. I may never know. Next time I’m looking for information, I’ll set my sights on a legitimate news outlet.

What a site!

To cite Jarod Kintz on the subject of words that sound alike: “I gave her flour instead of a flower, because I knew she loved homophones.
” Perhaps the writer for Yahoo! Style enjoys homophones as well:

sites shorts sty

Outta sight!

That’s quite a familiar sight on Yahoo! Makers:

site diy

Makers is a site that frequently contains incorrect words. That’s just one more.

A sight for sore eyes

What’s the site of your image? The mirror over your bathroom sink?

dove 1 site

Wherever it is, the site of your image is where you’ll catch sight of your image.

That homophonic error is from Yahoo! Shine, a site known (at least to me and regular readers of Terribly Write) for its writers’ errors. I am saddened by the fact that there’s at least one other horrific error — this time a ridiculous allegation:

dove 2

Set your sights on this

The “journalist” for Yahoo! News‘ “The Ticket” doesn’t place a heavy emphasis on choosing the correct word:

news emphasize

He definitely hasn’t set his sights on eradicating homophonic errors.

Not lovin’ this sight

My eyes! My eyes! The mere sight of this homophonic error on Yahoo! Movies is enough to burn a hole in my retinas:

love at first site movies

What a sight!

As if we needed more proof that the people who write for the Yahoo! front page are functionally illiterate, here’s a sight that ought to strike horror in the hearts of language lovers everywhere:

As a noun, the word sight has many meanings. In this context, perhaps sight means a view or something worth seeing or a spectacle. But if it’s the place where there’s something worth seeing, then it’s a site.

What did she miss?

Is there any writing mistake that the senior editor for Yahoo! Shine failed to make in a single article?

She manages to post this bit of nonsense, proving she doesn’t check anything after she publishes it:

She shows her ignorance of homophones site and sight:

Her preference for variant spellings (gamey instead of the preferred gamy), her inability to control her use of the Shift key (turning an elk into the incorrect Elk), and her wobbly proofreading skills are the highlight of this caption:

Let’s not forget the grammatical nightmare that is this undecipherable mess:

Reinforcing her total disregard for the correct use of capital letters, she turns this common noun into a proper one:

and this proper noun into a common one:

Finally, thumbing her nose at her readers and the lovers of language everywhere, she continues with a capital offense:

Is there any writing error she neglected to display?

What are your reading deal breakers?

What are your deal breakers when you’re reading? The errors that you spot that make you say, “That’s it! I can’t take any more!” If you’re looking through Yahoo! Shine, would you read an article with this headline?

Would the mashed-up dealbreakers and the apostrophe in the plural V-days offend your grammatical sensibilities? If that didn’t stop you, would you continue past the undercapitalized Valentine’s Day and the unsightly in site?

Could you ignore the fact that the writer obviously did not run a spell-check and still doesn’t know how to capitalize Valentine’s Day?

Are you still reading? Right up to the hyphen missing in what should be heart-shaped? And past the kielbasa —which even when spelled correctly — isn’t a proper noun?

What are your reading deal breakers?

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