The Yahoo! Style writer should be
indoctrinated inducted into the Wrong Word Hall of Fame for this goof:
I hesitate to call this the Dumbest Statement of the Day because the day is still young (at least where I am) and there’s still plenty of time for Yahoo! staffers to make boneheaded mistakes. With that caveat in mind, I present this headline from the home page of Yahoo! Style:
The “ballerinas” in question are male dancers. No real ballerinas (who are exclusively female dancers) appear in the commercial. It is just a figment of the writer’s brain and tenuous grasp of the English language.
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.