Laying it out in black and white

Let’s lay this out in black and white for the Yahoo! Celebrity writer: If you don’t know that fiancé is an engaged man (and fiancée is an engaged woman), perhaps you should refer to the man as betrothed. Or maybe boyfriend:

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If you’re using it as an adjective, then black-and-white gets two hyphens. (As a noun, it doesn’t need those hyphens.)

So, Jessica Simpson posted a black-and-white photo on Instagram. Is it any surprise that it looked like she was wearing a black and white dress? (I really don’t know how the writer could tell what color the dress was.) Repeating a word isn’t the worst mistake a writer can make, but claiming she “was laid out” makes it sound like the poor woman was prepared for a funeral, not a wedding:

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Finally, the writer alleges that her hand was “placed seductively over her eyebrow.” Unless her eyebrow is somewhere on the top of her head, I think the writer made a misstatement:

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2 Responses to “Laying it out in black and white”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    …. and I think “back seat” is two words.

    It was so helpful for someone to describe the photo, which was apparently placed nearby.

    • Laura Says:

      I think you’re right about “back seat.” I missed that.
      Yes, the picture did accompany the article. I guess Yahoo! feels they need both the picture and the description of the picture, perhaps for its sight-impaired users.


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