What the hell is going on at yahoo.com? Yahoo! has changed the look of its front page. It now contains less text written by Yahoo! staffers and the text that is there is obscured by background noise. Maybe that’s a good thing, considering the degradation of quality in the writing. It just seems to get worse every day. Have all English-speaking writers and editors quit? Is the company now left with scribes who are still trying to learn the language?
Take a gander at some of the worst bit of nonsense that’s appeared on the Yahoo! front page in a long time:
I don’t even know where to begin with this, but I’ll try. Let’s start with the word conniving. It means “scheming, plotting, or colluding.” It’s also an intransitive verb, meaning it does not take an object. You can’t scheme, plot, or collude fans. It is impossible. And what the heck is “bandwagon fans”? Aren’t they just fans? They aren’t on any bandwagon — not that the writer knows what a bandwagon is. And you don’t refer to people (and by “people,” I mean “bandwagon fans”) with that; you use who.
What’s happening at Yahoo!?