Mourning the death of the language

There is no hope for the future of the English language if a writer who is this bad can find and keep a job at an Internet giant like Yahoo!.

The standards for professional writers at Yahoo! Shine are so low that basic English knowledge isn’t required of writers. Even the ability to proofread and type is optional. Just a single article on Shine illustrates:

This is either incredibly funny or incredibly sad:

There’s no attempt here to try to spell fiery correctly:

The worse error here isn’t the repeated word; it’s the implication that Tyler Justine has a girl crush on models:

More typos make the writer look careless or maybe just dim:

I don’t think this writer has an intimate knowledge of common English expressions like “resistant to change.” For a “Beauty and Style expert,” she’s woefully lacking in basic knowledge of the industry, including how to spell John Frieda and his Frizz-Ease product:

I’m donning a black veil this morning.

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4 Responses to “Mourning the death of the language”

  1. Robert Says:

    I’m speechless.

  2. Laura Says:

    What? You don’t like that?

  3. Robert Says:

    I just read in a Yahoo! Canada article that the writer of the above article isn’t just a Shine writer, she’s also a Shine editor. Did you know that?

    In the final paragraph:

    http://ca.lifestyle.yahoo.com/family-relationships/articles/friends-family/yahoolifestyle/yahoolifestyle-worst_gifts_for_dad

  4. Laura Says:

    I didn’t know what her title was. Maybe Yahoo calls all their staff “editors.” Anyhoo, I think you might enjoy this response from Shine to a reader’s comment about the quality of writing on that site:
    “Our own Shine Editors take great pains to check their post for any grammar and punctuation errors. However, they’re still human and make mistakes. That being said, we are always very grateful when a reader points something out so that we can correct it as soon as possible! Thank you for helping us make Shine better for everyone. :)
    The reader’s response to that is pretty funny; I guess we’re not the only ones appalled by the writing on Shine.

    http://suggestions.yahoo.com/detail/?prop=shine&fid=198694


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