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:

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This sentence was written in 2014

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

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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:

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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:

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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.

Everything you need to know except …

Here’s everything you need to know about this headline on yahoo.com — it’s missing a word:

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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:

de la renta style

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:

never search dyi

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.

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