A well-deserved bad rap

This writer for Yahoo! Shine may get a bad rap for her writing skills, and it’s well-deserved. She’s unfamiliar with basic rules of punctuation: There’s no need for a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and that word it modifies. She doesn’t know a real buzzword from her made-up “buzz” words. And her ability to match a pronoun to its antecedent is sketchy at best (even implying that “buzz” words have hefty price tags):

buzz words 1

Her random commas strewn about like thumbtacks on a highway stop readers in their tracks:

buzz words 2

Her “bad wrap” just contributes to her bad rap:

buzz words 3

as does her arbitrary hyphenation of antioxidants and her failure to realize that supermarkets have aisles and not isles, which are land masses surrounded by water:

buzz words 4

Can you blame me if I don’t trust anything this writer says about anything?

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4 Responses to “A well-deserved bad rap”

  1. ZZMike Says:

    Not to be too critical, but the “Absolutely not” paragraph really should have the quoted speech in quotes.

    I’ll give the writer a pass for “locally-grown”, because that’s the way I see it in stores.

    • Laura Says:

      It’s not clear that that’s a direct quote; it could be paraphrasing what she said. I give a pass to signs in stores, but not to the mistakes made by professional writers with access to the Internet, spell-checkers, proofreaders, and editors — and a potential readership of millions. That’s why I restrict my examples to the gaffes made by Yahoo! staffers. Plus, their errors are both numerous and humorous.

  2. ZZMike Says:

    That’s a leap of faith – calling the Yahoo! typists as “professional writers”.

    (I was reminded of the old Truman Capote put-down of someone’s writing. He said, “That’s not writing, that’s typing.”)

    • Laura Says:

      Ha! I like that! I’d have to agree that they’re not writers and certainly not journalists. Maybe I’ll start referring to them as typists.


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