The journalist misspelled risqué
Selena Gomez has posed braless in a risky [and sultry] new photo-shoot...
The same celebrity news is reported in Highsnobiety, but there risquè is written correctly.
Selena Gomez Strips Down for Risqué Album Artwork
Looking on the Internet, I found no reputable website that suggested risky is a spelling variant of risqué: the two terms mean two different things, and have two different pronunciations.
The adjective risky (pronounced ris-kee) means dangerous or hazardous. The adjective risqué (pronounced ris-kay) means sexually daring, suggestive, or indecent.
- Much to the concern of their parents, most children enjoy risky play involving great speed and heights.
- Despite her rather risqué outfit, Kathryn was really a rather quiet and conventional woman.
grammarist (unfortunately, it's become infested with sponsored ads)
Risky vs risqué
Risky means containing the possibility or likeliness of danger or failure. Risky is an adjective, related adjectives are riskier and riskiest. The adverb form is riskily, the noun form is riskiness. Risky appears around 1825, taking the place of riskful.
Risqué means improper, borderline indecent. Risqué is an adjective, it appears in the English language in the 1860s, borrowed from the French risqué, past participle of risquer, meaning tending toward impropriety. Risky and risqué are pronounced differently, risky is pronounced RISkee, and risqué holds on to its French pronunciation, risKAY.
Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage
People unfamiliar with the French-derived word “risqué” (‘slightly indecent”) often write “risky” by mistake. Bungee-jumping is risky, but nude bungee-jumping is risqué.
1. daringly close to indelicacy or impropriety; off-color:
a risqué story.
Can be confused
An Explanation for this spelling error
There used to be a time when editors hired proofreaders and copy editors to weed out spelling and punctuation errors (etc.) before an article graced the pages of a magazine or newspaper.
But nowadays, writers and journalists, for financial reasons and laziness, are increasingly reliant on spell-checkers. The adjective risky which appears in Inquisitr is not spelt (spelled) wrong, and that is probably why it was allowed to pass through. Nobody had spotted the error.
One of EL&U's most esteemed contributors, Sven Yargs, is a freelance copy-editor and has mentioned this problem several times.
Is “make due” now considered acceptable?
- What happens when you spell "make do" as "make due" in an online article? If you notice it later, or if someone points it out to you, and you don't like the idea that some percentage of your readers will think that you don't know how to spell "make do" correctly, you simply go back into the article and change the spelling. No permanent harm, no foul. And let's face it: It's quite a luxury to keep a bunch of editors and proofreaders on staff just to intercept those types of problems preemptively. That's why, in the past couple of decades, copy editors and proofreaders have become the whooping cranes and California condors of the publishing industry.
Is it “chalk it up to” or “chock it up to”?
- A Google Books search finds more than 40 unique matches for "chock it up to" in which the author presumably meant to say "chalk it up to" but either spelled chalk wrong or didn't know the correct traditional spelling of the idiom. Tellingly, the vast majority of these 40+ instances come from the past ten years, suggesting either that chock is emerging as a legitimate variant spelling of chalk in this situation or that many publishers no longer employ copy editors to find and correct mistakes of this type.