What’s an virtual shoe-in (besides an incorrect use of the indefinite article an)? A virtual foot, of course. That wasn’t what the writer for Yahoo! News meant, though:
He meant “a virtual shoo-in.”
What makes this article on Yahoo! Travel a candidate for Worst Travel Writing of the Day? It could be this paragraph, which starts out with a non-sentence and then gets a tad repetitive:
OK, so that was ugly. Maybe it was just a fluke. What could possibly be wrong with this?
Well, in the first place, the Capital Wheel is not in Washington. It’s in Maryland. That’s kinda a giant embarrassment. A lesser mistake is referring to the U.S. Capital (the capital of the U.S. is Washington, DC) when the writer meant the building, which is the Capitol.
Finally, the error that made this article a shoo-in for the Worst Travel Writing of the Day trophy:
Misspelling Philip Seymour Hoffman is bad, but it’s not the worst mistake in this article on Yahoo! Movies:
This is a shoo-in for the worst mistake — of the article and of the day:
No question about it: This is a shoo-in for the worst error of the day, and it’s on the Yahoo! front page, where hundreds of people can see it, point, and laugh:
It’s not the first time the writers at Yahoo! have confused shoo with shoe. It’s happened lots of times! I’d love to know what they think shoe-in means.
According to the writer for Yahoo! TV‘s “Primetime in No Time,” Scotty is in some sort of footwear:
You just have to wonder: Is this writer a shoo-in for worst writer on Yahoo!?
What the hell does the writer think shoe-in means? Does she think Marilu Henner would be sticking her tootsies in some Louboutins and that made her suitable to play the queen?
OK, she only had to spell two names here, and she got them both wrong. She even got one name wrong twice. And she gets paid to do this?
For the record, it should be shoo-in, queen, Nancey Silvers and Deidre Hall. And this mess is from the senior features editor for Yahoo! Shine, a shoo-in for worst on the Web.
Misspellings on Yahoo! Shine aren’t surprising. They happen every day. But that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed when I trip over one. It’s also disappointing to see that Yahoo! lets its writers play fast and loose with its name and the name of its services.
The exclamation mark is part of Yahoo!’s name (though you won’t find it in media reports about the company). Yahoo!’s celebrity-gossip Web site, omg!, is spelled at least four ways on the site. This is just one of those ways:
With the number and severity of errors that appear on Yahoo!, it’s a shoo-in for the worst professionally written site in the Interwebs.
What, exactly, did the writer think shoe-in means? It’s a shoo-in that the Yahoo! TV writer doesn’t own a dictionary:
And did the writer really think that the actress was Julia-Louis Dreyfus?
Why is it that Yahoo!’s writers, who allegedly specialize in TV shows and celebrities, can’t spell the names of celebrities on TV?
This has got to be a shoo-in for my favorite homophonic error on Yahoo! TV‘s “Primetime in No Time”:
It’s a shoo-in for the funniest homophonous error on Yahoo! omg!:
And the worst grammatical error has to be a disagreement between subject and verb:
What’s your fave errors on Yahoo!?