Who’s spying on whom?

Joe McGinniss, the biographer who’s moved next door to Sarah Palin, got a sex change at the hands of the writer for Yahoo! TV‘s “Daytime in No Time”:

ID’ing the culprit

It’s not hard to ID the errors in this excerpt from Yahoo! News:

There’s the enormous space after the start of the sentence, the incorrect periods in ID, and the completely wrong whom (which should be who).

If only there were a way to check facts

Writing is hard. There’s grammar, punctuation, spelling, and stuff to worry about. Who has time to make sure every word is included in every sentence? Not this writer for Yahoo! Shine:

Who has time to check every little fact? Does it really matter if an article about movies actually contains actual movie titles? I wasn’t sure what movie this photo caption was supposed to describe:

So I did a really radical thing: I looked at the photo right above it:

Oh! Now I get it. I wish the writer had thought to look at the picture she posted. I also wish she won’t make the kinds of mistakes that happen approximately every day on Yahoo!:

In addition, I wish she wouldn’t use the redundant also when she’s using in addition. What’s more, I think she could use a little help in the grammar department. I thought we all learned in fourth grade that a plural subject (like hair and wardrobe) requires a plural verb (like, oh, say, are).

We shouldn’t expect that a writer who can’t get a movie title right would be at all concerned about getting a character’s name correct. That explains the misspelled Professor Bhaer here:

Two hyphens are missing here: One to create the compound adjective three-hankie and one to spell Mary-Louise Parker’s name correctly:

What’s the cause of this error? ‘Cause I think it’s that the writer doesn’t know any better. Poor thing. She can’t even hit the Shift key to make Tupelo the proper noun it is:

If only the writer had a way to look up the correct spelling of Ms. Goldberg’s name. And if only the writer knew the expression was either “cross-country” or “across the country.” And if only the writer knew how to spell Ms. Parker’s first name. Again:

I know! I know! How about looking at the photo directly above the caption! That might help!

God, why didn’t the writer think of that? Why didn’t her editor think of that?

Something screwy’s going on

Oh, man. There’s something screwy going on at Yahoo! News. There’s lots of blank space on the “Newsroom” blogs, making me wonder if there are words missing:

Of course, the words that are there aren’t that great. There’s misspellings (protesters is the right spelling) and rookie repetitions:

And there are definitely missing words here because this makes no sense:

I just thought this was kinda funny, though misspelling Ms. Herrera’s name is no laughing matter:

Another misspelling (could someone please show that journalist how to use a dictionary?), a typo, and what I hope is the writer’s mistake and not the grammatical gaffe of the person she’s trying to quote:

Katherine Heigl: As we don’t know her

Here’s something new about Katherine Heigl from Yahoo! Movies:

This writer never fails to disappoint

There’s probably only one person in the world who doesn’t get this. And that’s the writer for this excerpt from Yahoo! Shine:

She never fails to disappoint!

“Hello, pot. This is kettle calling”

While some blog readers are judging Greta Van Susteren’s intelligence, others are judging the abilities of a Yahoo! News journalist to write about the subject.

Readers are probably questioning a writer who can’t spell the name of the Fox news host nor the subject itself:

If they’re like me (and who is?), they’re thinking that the writer has a problem with the Space bar on his keyboard and that he doesn’t proofread anything he writes:

… and that he doesn’t know the difference between a hyphen and a dash. There’s that problem with the Space bar again:

Dispensing with part of Ms. Van Susteren’s surname (and misspelling the part that’s left), the writer also includes an unnecessary S in the possessive of Morris:

Hello, pot? I think there’s a kettle at Yahoo! calling.

The best rest is bed rest

When is bed rest the best rest? When it’s a typo on Yahoo! Shine:

Try imitating a writer

Try imitating a competent writer. It’s the sincerest form of flattery. One way to do that is to make sure you get quotations right. Don’t imitate the writer on Yahoo! Shine who wrote this misquote:

and this one:

Her hair must have been in piggy-tails

You just can’t beat those wacky writers at Yahoo! for serving up some of the best chuckles of the day.

I’m thinking the toddler’s hair was in piggy-tails. Or maybe the writer for Yahoo! Shine just doesn’t know any better. The word is towheaded, though I suppose tow-haired might work.

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