I gotta hand it to the editors at Yahoo! Style— they commit the best typos in all of the Interwebs:
At a time when real journalists refer to the late Joan Rivers as a comedian and male and female thespians as actors, why would the writer for Yahoo! Style make a sorry attempt at referring to Anna Wintour as an editrix?
I guess if you don’t know if your boss is an editor, editor in chief, or editor-in-chief, you don’t know that a female editor is an editor.
It’s not quite Jonah Hill on the home page of Yahoo! Style:
I was pretty sure the writer meant “Jonah,” but just to be sure, I clicked through to the article, which I didn’t read:
Just looking at the dense text was giving me a headache. If a writer can’t be bothered to hit the Enter key once in a while, I can’t be bothered to read her musings.
I think I’ll go take two Advil and go lie down on my new futon.
This is what happens when you let the kiddies take over the keyboard and write for a site like Yahoo! Style: You get amateurish writing, juvenile vocabulary, and sloppy errors. I don’t know if the writer is a teen or a tween, just that she writes like one.
A professional writer covering New York Fashion Week should know how many capital letters to use. But that’s not all; the errors are nonstop (which is one word, not two). She seems like a writer I typically wouldn’t chat with:
It’s Groundhog Day, not this thing the writer made up:
If you’re writing about Adderall, don’t you think you should know when to hit the Shift key? It’s common to refer to a certain period as the mid-90s and it’s more common to include all words, even the in “as the wonder drug”:
Is this the kind of writing they’re featuring on Yahoo! now? Does the writer have such a paucity of words that she can’t come up with a better way to express this?
Clearly she has no idea what a proper noun is, like Instagram and Tumblr:
(Since Yahoo! also owns Tumblr, she might want to learn how to spell it.)
The writing is so bad that I’m practically dozing off. But I perk up when I see a quote this bad. (It should be “said, ‘You’re welcome.’) And again with the undercapitalized Adderall!
I don’t know how this went off the rails so badly:
There’s at least one way to correct that: “At every dinner, cocktail party, and even shows.”
Lordie, I guess we can’t expect kids these days to know about the use of a hyphen in a compound adjective like “four-hour” or to know how to proofread so that no words are missing:
This wouldn’t be complete without one more lowercased Adderall:
So, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Not if the writer’s a 10-year-old.
It looks like there’ll be lots of material for Terribly Write in the new Yahoo! Style. Here’s a random snippet that offers lessons in writing for all of us:
Lesson 1: If you’re writing about fashion, learn to spell the names of designers and fashion labels, like Emporio Armani. Misspelling something so basic marks you as careless — or worse.
Lesson 2: Suffice it to say, make sure you get common idioms right.
Lesson 3: Pairing misspellings with homophonic errors makes you look uneducated. Know the difference between pare (which means to trim) and pair (which doesn’t).
Lesson 4: If you mean socks with white laces, then write “white-laced socks.” If you mean socks with white lace, don’t.