Where the freakiest are the biggest

Where do the folks who write for yahoo.com get their information? I think they just make it up. Maybe the writer thought that the article “Be Careful Where You Step: the Freakiest Sinkholes Around the World” would entice more readers if they thought it was about the world’s biggest sinkholes:

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It’s not. In fact, the world’s biggest sinkhole isn’t even included in the article. But, as long as this headline attracts clicks, who cares if it’s accurate?

Check out this

So, how did Yahoo! Answers get its name? Is it the result of consumer research? I really don’t know, but I do know that it’s not the best-written site on Yahoo!. Check out the mistakes in this one little paragraph, which include a contraction (it’s) instead of a possessive pronoun (its) and a noun (checkout) instead of a phrasal verb (check out):

bluetooth answers

Not a ho-hum mistake

This could be the most boring mistake in the blogosphere. The only thing that would make it more boring is if it were ho-hum. That’s the word the Yahoo! Food features editor should have used:

hum-ho food

Too young to remember Joanie and Chachi?

Is the writer for yahoo.com too young to remember Joanie and Chachi from “Happy Days” and its spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi”?

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Does that explain the writer’s inability to spell Joanie? Or is there another reason?

Maybe the writer is from Florida

If you’re looking for reliable information about your next vacation spot, I suggest you skip Yahoo! Travel. It’s not exactly a shining example of accuracy. Take this headline, for instance:

bal harbor travel

Maybe the writer is from Florida and was having flashbacks about Bal Harbour and has trouble with spelling. That could happen. Or maybe the writer has a really bad memory, and couldn’t remember the name of the town after reading about Bar Harbor, Maine. That could happen.

This is for whoever wrote that

Whoever wrote this for the Yahoo! front page has a problem with grammar:

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The pronouns whoever and whomever signal a dependent clause; the choice of pronoun to use depends on its function in the dependent clause. In this case, it is the subject of the verb shot; therefore, the correct word is whoever.

From a nunnery?

Do the folks who write for yahoo.com live in a cave? A nunnery? How else do you explain the writer’s ignorance of a common woman’s undergarment?

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Here’s what Ms. Saldana wore:

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That “mysterious accessory around her waist” isn’t garter-like — it’s garter-belt-like. This is a garter belt; the straps hanging down are the garters:

garter belt

Sill, you can’t help noticing

Sometimes, when I read something on Yahoo! Celebrity, I can’t help wondering if the writer is familiar with basic English idioms, like this:

rent 1

Actually, the Kardashians have been renting a home; the owner of the home has been renting out the home.

There are some mistakes I can overlook. Still, I can’t help noticing the typos:

rent 2

and the missing apostrophe in what should be Kardashians’:

rent 3

and at least one word too many here:

rent 4

Can you overlook errors like these?

Going through a phase

Not much fazes me when I’m reading Yahoo! Celebrity. I generally remain unfazed by the writers’ many mistakes, even this one:

unphased omg

Grapes don’t contain calories

Isn’t this basic elementary school science?  Didn’t we learn that a calorie is a measurement of heat? Shouldn’t a person writing for yahoo.com know that a calorie is not an ingredient of food? So, how would you explain this?

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