Oscar de la Renta: The go-to

In an attempt to pay tribute to the late Oscar de la Renta, the folks at yahoo.com come up with a little creative capitalization:

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(I think Mr. de la Renta was more than just a “go-to” for women. Perhaps he was the “go-to” designer.)

As if that weren’t enough creativity, one writer for Yahoo! Style thought this was the correct way to capitalize the designer’s name:

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and another Style writer had a completely different take on de la Renta:

renata style

I think that if you’re going to be lauding a man whose name is so well-known, you should be able to spell it correctly.

Isn’t that the only way to score?

You don’t have to be a baseball aficionado to know that the only way to score a run is in an inning. Because runs scored during the seventh-inning stretch just don’t count. Thanks to Captain Obvious at the Yahoo! front page for this news:

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It might have been a tad more informative if the writer had deigned to tell us which inning the run was scored.

This writing could be a real conversation piece

It’s unlikely that Breeze, which is a breathalyzer, could also be a fun party conversation, despite what it says on the Yahoo! front page:

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It might lead to a conversation, but it ain’t a conversation. The device might be a “conversation piece” or “conversation starter.”

This may be worse than I thought

This might look OK on the Yahoo! front page — until you read it. Then it may be worse than you thought:

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Edited and still bad

In a never-ending search to find an article on Yahoo! DIY that doesn’t contain multiple errors, I came across this 2-sentence paragraph:

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It’s hard to imagine that this was written by someone who advanced beyond fourth grade. It’s written by someone described as “Cinematographer/Editor.” After reading this, I can only presume the editing is of videos — and not text.

There’s just so much wrong in so little space: There’s the “never search,” which I take to mean “never-ending search.” There’s the mysterious “to do pumpkins a new way,” which sounds particularly lewd. There’s the claim that you need a sand bag, which you don’t; you’ll just fill a trash bag with sand. You gotta wonder about a writer who uses wonder instead of wander. And who the heck calls Halloween “the Halloween Eve.” And don’t get me started on the five periods, which might be an attempt at ellipsis (which is three periods).

So, I just checked that article and it looks like someone attempted to edit that mess. Unfortunately, the editor isn’t much better than the writer when it comes to writing:

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Now it looks like there’s just one word missing in what should be “pumpkins in a new way,” though the sand bag is still there. But what’s really surprising is that the editor doesn’t know any more about Halloween than the writer. It’s also known as All Hallows’ Eve.

News to confuse

Sometimes the news can be so confusing. Especially if you’re reading Yahoo! News. I’m so befuddled by the possibility of a Nebraska hospital ending up in Liberia. How the heck did that happen?

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We all know people who are so fond of their dog that they feel they’re owned by their pet. Apparently that’s the case with the nurse in Texas who contracted Ebola. Her spaniel owned her, and not the other way ’round:

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Although I’ve been following the story of the nurse’s illness, I had no idea she was the first person infected with Ebola. I thought the outbreak started in Africa, not the U.S. Shows you how much I know.

Armed services in the Senate?

I don’t get it. Are the intellectual giants at the Yahoo! front page trying to tell us that there are armed services in the Senate?

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I’ve heard of dining services, health services, and religious services. But what happens during armed services? Does everyone have to show up carrying an AK-47? That sounds like something that should be investigated by the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Much like others

This mess on the Yahoo! front page is much like others, except there’s more of it:

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Somebody thought that Nationals needs an apostrophe to show that it was the Nationals’ exit, but somebody thought it doesn’t. Somebody thought that repeating a word is OK; the rest of the world thinks it isn’t. And somebody thought that much like 2012 was the same as much like in 2012, but it isn’t.

Did you out a word?

Do you proofread your pearls to make sure you haven’t left out a word? Why risk the embarrassment that a Yahoo! News writer is facing with the claim that “Suspect in missing Virginia student linked to…”:

embassy news

You might also do a little research to make sure you haven’t undercapitalized a word, such as embassy, which should have an initial cap when it’s preceded by the country’s name. According to Associated Press style, it’s the Ethiopian Embassy, the American Embassy, but an embassy.

Well, I never!

I wish I could say I’ve never seen anything like this, but I can’t. It’s just text that’s obviously longer than the space provided for it on yahoo.com:

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Makes you wonder if anyone at Yahoo! bothered to check this after it was published. Nah, it doesn’t really make me wonder, because I’m pretty sure nobody checks anything after it’s live. Like, I bet nobody at Yahoo! Health took the time to check out this headline about repercussioi of Mr. Depardieu’s something-or-other:

repercussio health

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