That’s altogether different

If you’re trying to avoid homophonic errors, skip Yahoo! Food altogether. Let’s say this all together: This is altogether wrong:

all together food

The American Heritage Dictionary, defines altogether as “entirely; completely; utterly” and offers this usage note:

Altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. We use all together to indicate that the members of a group perform or undergo an action collectively: The nations stood all together. The prisoners were herded all together. All together is used only in sentences that can be rephrased so that all and together may be separated by other words: The books lay all together in a heap. All the books lay together in a heap.

That’s altogether different

This is altogether, totally, completely, entirely wrong:

all together shopping

If the writer for Yahoo! Shopping meant that a group of people, together as a unit, were going to steer clear of stores, then all together is correct. But I suspect the writer meant something altogether different.

All together now: That is altogether wrong

This is altogether the wrong use of altogether on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Big League Stew”:

altogether sports bls

The American Heritage Dictionary, defines altogether as “entirely; completely; utterly” and offers this usage note:

Altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. We use all together to indicate that the members of a group perform or undergo an action collectively: The nations stood all together. The prisoners were herded all together. All together is used only in sentences that can be rephrased so that all and together may be separated by other words: The books lay all together in a heap. All the books lay together in a heap.

News to confuse

Ever seen someone furl their brow? Me neither. Apparently the writer for Yahoo! News‘ “The Ticket” has:

news furled 1

I’ve seen people furrow their brow, which creates wrinkles. But furling a brow would roll it up, which has got to be painful.

Perhaps this makes sense to the writer, but it’s nonsense to me:

news furled 2

Did he mean “in shielding the public from the existence of aliens”? Because that’s altogether (entirely, completely, and utterly) different from what he wrote.

With the writer’s limited knowledge of English, it seems like nitpicking to mention that Congress, when referring to the U.S. government, is capitalized, but congressional isn’t:

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Altogether, utterly wrong

This is altogether the wrong word on Yahoo! Shine:

There are many more gaffes in the article, and all together, the effect is one of incompetence. There are a couple of typos, which any proofreader would have spotted, followed by a missing apostrophe in what should be “six months worth”:

An error-free article is nonexistent on Yahoo! Shine; there always seems to be a wayward hyphen — or two:

And one more typo is always waiting in the next paragraph:

followed by another:

And there’s no consistency. Just because the writer spelled website as one word before, doesn’t mean she has to do it again:

And when she can’t copy and paste a headline, but chooses to type it incorrectly, how credible does the writer look?

What could possibly be wrong with the headline for the article?

Only the number. The author actually provided 7 “tricks.” So, I guess that’s a bonus and I quibble.

Republican candidates spend day together

Apparently an editor was nowhere to be found when this mess was published on Yahoo! News‘ “The Ticket”:

If the writer meant “entirely, completely, all told,” he should have used altogether. It’s altogether different from all together, which indicates that the members of a group acted collectively.

Altogether the wrong word

All together now, repeat after me: Altogether means “entirely, completely, utterly.” The word choice in “The Daily Ticker” from Yahoo! Finance is altogether wrong:

That’s altogether different

All together now: That’s altogether wrong:

The writer for Yahoo! Shine‘s “The Thread” gets it completely wrong. The word she should have used is altogether, which means “entirely, completely, utterly.”

Is this writer a product of public schools?

Oh, lordie. If the writer for Yahoo! Finance‘s “Tech Ticker” is a product of public schools, then there is no hope for the US education system.

Any high school graduate should know the difference between all together (which refers to members of a group doing something collectively) and altogether (which means completely):

Somewhere in this garage sale of words, there may be a thought, but the incorrect affects, missing word, mysterious completive, and misplaced reference to Mr. Barrett obscure it:

Did she drop out of school before completing sixth grade because I’m pretty sure we all learned the difference between affect and effect about that time.

There’s no reason for capitalizing administration , even if it’s preceded by the president’s name.

I’m thinkin’ that when she went to school, kids were allowed to decorate their papers with punctuation marks because she’s unclear of their use here:

and here:

The comma belongs before the closing quotation mark. And when did presidents become a proper noun? Uh, never.

Yes, indeed. The American education system is in big trouble.

It’s not good news

I’m sorry to be the one to say this, but I must. The blog Yahoo! Profiles News is just not good. It may contain useful information, but with the number of errors it displays, who can trust it?

Here are just a few examples: The use of a hyphen instead of a dash is a relatively minor but annoying problem. But the inability to distinguish between a singular noun (like parenthesis) and its plural (parentheses) does not reflect well on the writer and his or her employer:


A simple hyphen would make right hand right, and changing your contact card to a contact card would make the sentence actually understandable:


It’s such a common mistake on Yahoo! that I’m surprised someone hasn’t told the writers there that it’s is not a possessive pronoun:


The subject of this sentence is singular, and its verbs should be, too:


And finally, I’m altogether confused by the use and placement of all together here:



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