One couple mistake

After reading this a couple of times, I was convinced that the writer for the Yahoo! front page omitted a word:

fp couple days

Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says on the omission of of:

“The of in the phrase a couple of is often dropped in speech, but this omission is usually considered a mistake. In 2013, 80 percent of the Usage Panel found the sentence A couple friends came over to watch the game to be unacceptable.”

The “Terribly Write” confirmed her confusion

I’m just confirming for y’all that there’s a word missing here on Yahoo! Celebrity:

miss word celeb

I think it should be “The ‘America’s Got Talent'” usher confirmed…” Or maybe the missing word is astrophysicist. Or maybe pole dancer. Or maybe the thing that’s really missing is an editor.

Missing Word the Day

Today’s prize in the Missing Word the Day competition goes to the folks at the Yahoo! front page:

fp record the year

Yesterday’s prize (which I neglected to announce since I just made up the award today) should have gone to Yahoo! Celebrity for this headline:

miss word celeb

Those missing two-letter words are easy overlook.

What?! What are you talking about?!

What the heck is wrong at yahoo.com? Have the writers given up trying to write in complete sentences? This bit of a non-sentence is like an answer you’d find on “Jeopardy”: I’ll have savory dishes for 500, Alex.

fp savory dish

“What is butternut squash lasagna?”

One of these things is not like the others

One of these items in the list on the Yahoo! front page is not like the other two. Can you tell which one?

fp as

For bonus points, explain why two items begin with the word as and one does not.

And then I fell asleep

So, I was writing this headline for the Yahoo! front page about something about maybe footwear for maybe winter, and I was so bored that I fell asleep before I finished it:

fp must-have winters

Getting in on the action

It seems that every article written by a Yahoo! staffer contains at least one misspelling, grammatical gaffe, or missing word. The folks at the Yahoo! front page are getting in on the action by dropping a small but significant word here:

fp getting on

This sentence was written in 2014

This sentence was written in 2014 served as an example of what not to do:

fp fordham

What the heck was that? Did the writer for yahoo.com forget a word or use too many words and not enough punctuation? We’ll never know.

Reader weighs in on yahoo.com

What the heck is wrong with yahoo.com? I mean, besides these errors in the first three words:

fp experts weights on

It takes a village to write this badly

It takes a village of Yahoo! Style editors to make this many mistakes in a single paragraph:

tilda style

Wouldn’t you think that one of these “editors” would know that the correct verb is look, so it agrees with the plural subject? Wouldn’t you think that one of them would say, “Hey, did anyone check the spelling of these names?” No, they obviously didn’t. If they had, they might have spelled Haider Ackermann and Phoebe Philo correctly. (These are supposed to be style editors, and they misspell two out of three designer names?)

Did anyone think to verify the title of the movies? No, of course not. They trusted their memory instead of Google. The movies are “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Sometimes it takes a village of editors. Sometimes it takes the village idiots.

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