Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Urgent Notice

We interrupt this giant pre-deposition document sorting to bring you an urgent homonym bulletin from the Grammar Commando. (Spell-check proof errors are the bane of the Internet.)

Yoke = Implement used to harness animals, like so:

File:Bullock yokes.jpg

Yolk = Middle part of the egg, like so:

In metaphorical use, "yoke" is the one that is used in phrases like "laying a heavy yoke" on someone. A heavy yolk would be pretty messy. If you use yolk in such a context . . . you'll have egg on your face.


Diary of an Autodidact said...

This post made me happy.

Perhaps as your next public service, you can do can't, cant, and Kant. It would be fun to illustrate...

Wendy said...

This was so funny! I just read an otherwise excellent book on mysteries in art, that suggested making tempera paint home with egg yokes. Misspelled consistently through the instructions!

melissa said...

Cute! Hey, can you send me your email address? Mine is mjlundquist at gmail dot com. Thanks!