Maybe it is true. Maybe it wasn’t a joke. I’ve said in the past that outsourcing the writing on yahoo.com to non-English-speaking countries wasn’t a good idea. I thought it was a humorous explanation of the many mistakes on the Yahoo! front page. After reading this, I’m convinced I was actually correct:
This little teaser is about omissions in a catalog. A catalog is not an ad. I realize the writer might have been challenged to come up with a word short enough to fit in the space provided, but someone familiar with English could come up with an alternative that was not a falsehood.