That’s quite a vocabulary you have!

How about we all agree that the writer for Yahoo! News’ “Trending Now” uses words in a new way. Maybe not the way the words were intended to be used, but at least he’s creative.

When he has an issue with something, he doesn’t tackle it, he doesn’t address it, he solves it! Just as if it were a problem. And when discussing a refrigerator, he lets you know that his has a bin on the front door (and apparently a back door, too?) and not shelves. When reading his articles, you also run into words that get split into two words:

fridge news 1

I didn’t know what an egg container was until I read further. Silly me, I thought it was the eggshell. But no, it’s the egg carton. (At least that’s what it’s commonly called in the U.S.)  This guy also loves the sound of his own typing. Instead of telling us that Mr. Brown places each bottle upside down, he goes on and on:

fridge news 2

And what about those crevasses? A crevasse is a deep fissure or crack, like in a glacier or a levee. I suspect the writer meant crevice, which is the wrong word also. A crevice is a narrow crack or opening. The compartments of an egg carton are called compartments or dimples.

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3 Responses to “That’s quite a vocabulary you have!”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    The other thing that puzzles me (not the grammar – I’m used to that by now) is that this paragraph seems to be about a video showing how the industrious and creative Mr Brown remedies a difficulty. The writer seems to be under the impression that we cannot see the video.

    I’m reminded of that old adage about an image having significantly greater intrinsic value than a word.

    • Laura Says:

      It is about a video, probably available on YouTube as well as embedded in this article. All the articles in this News feature include a video and its description, perhaps to entice people to view the video or satisfy those people who don’t want to view the video. But I’m just guessing.

      What has me concerned, though, is that you’re used to the bad grammar on Yahoo!.


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