Is it a typo? Is it a misspelling? Whichever it is, it’s not surprising to find it on yahoo.com:
It’s hard to beat this for the number of errors in a single sentence:
I can’t explain why the Yahoo! Style writer included a registered trademark symbol with a product name, unless she’s under the illusion that she has to protect a trademark. Which brings me to the question: Why didn’t she recognize Velcro as a registered trademark, too? Because that would be as wrong as not capitalizing Velcro.
Don’t you wish we could all be flies on the wall when the writer discusses this with her editor? What would her argument be? Oh, never mind. I forgot: Yahoo! doesn’t believe in editors.
For a reason I will never understand, editors and writers at Yahoo! have trouble distinguishing between a phrasal verb and a noun. This time it’s evidenced on the home page of Yahoo! Finance — with not one, but two nouns, each of which should be two words:
Buyout is a noun; the phrasal verb is buy out. Knockout is a noun; the verb phrase is knock out.
You know what’s really funny? Even if the editor had written “Cabela’s to buy out Bass Pro…” that headline would still be wrong. I didn’t realize how really, really wrong it was until I saw the title of the article behind that headline:
When I read this on the Yahoo! Sports home page, I was sure it was a typo because every high school graduate knows how to spell Philippines, right?
Wrong. Here it is again, in a yuuuuge headline:
What are the chances that the same typo would appear twice? Or three times?
Once is a typo. Twice is a misspelling. Three times is an embarrassment.
If you’re trying to read this article from Yahoo! Style and you’re stumbling on some serious misspellings, you just gotta work through it:
Was Ms. Willis paling around, bleaching her skin? Or was she palling around with friends? You decide. Did you notice that the writer didn’t leave intact intact? Yeah, me, too. And I’m pretty sure Ms. Willis didn’t say she “gotta work though it,” aren’t you?
You don’t need to take a trip to Belgium to know that its capital is Brussels. You don’t even need to be a college graduate, because most of us learned that fact in eighth grade. Most of us, but not everyone at Yahoo! Style, where someone forgot the S at the end of the city’s name:
The vegetable, believed to be named for the Belgian city, is the Brussels sprout (or sometimes, brussels sprout).