Whoa! There’s a serious (but very common) misspelling on the home page of Yahoo! Food:
I think the writer for Yahoo! Makers didn’t want a byline for this article because he or she knew it wasn’t a model of journalistic excellence:
It’s just a tad sloppy, isn’t it? There’s the use of you instead of your. The missing hyphen in what should be old-fashioned. The lowercase and missing S in Epsom salts. And a torn-apart cheesecloth. Heck, if I made that many mistakes in two sentences, I wouldn’t want my name associated with it either.
Do you trust your memory when you’re writing? I bet the writer for Yahoo! Makers thinks she’s got a great memory for names and movies. She probably feels like she doesn’t have to verify the spelling of Steven Spielberg’s name or check to see who directed the movie “Avatar.” (Here’s a hint: It wasn’t Steven Spielburg or even Steven Spielberg.)
Readers might be able to forgive a single misspelling, but when you do it another time and another time, they’re likely to be a little pissed. At least that’s how I feel:
Obviously she trusted her rather faulty memory, which seems odd to me. She’s not just the writer of this article, she’s listed as an “editor.” Isn’t part of an editor’s job to verify facts?
I’m a big believer in using a spell-checker. I don’t expect it to find every mistake I make and I don’t rely solely on one to do my proofreading. But as useful as one is, it won’t find a mistake if it’s spelled correctly. So, even if the writer for Yahoo! Makers used a spell-checker (which would make her unique in the universe of Yahoo! writers and editors), this spelling would have passed muster:
as would this one:
The problem? A schilling was a currency in Austria, not England, before the country adopted the euro. The currency that was used in England is a shilling — without a C.
But surely a spell-checker would have snagged payed as a spelling culprit, no?
Uh, no. The past tense of pay is payed — when the verb is used to mean “to cover or coat with a waterproof material.”
Clearly, the writer could have used a little help with spelling, but only of the human kind. In the meantime, she got paid to use the wrong words.