Not ready for the big leagues

I don’t think that the writer for Yahoo! News’ “Odd News” is quite ready for the big leagues of journalism, especially not in sports journalism. Anyone familiar with professional baseball knows about Major League Baseball. It’s a trademark owned by Major League Baseball Properties, Inc.

mlb news

Why, fie on that spelling!

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi is one of its registered trademarks. It’s not a common noun as alleged on the Yahoo! front page:

fp wifi

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In yet another edition of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” where I point out the inconsistencies on yahoo.com, we see that there’s some confusion over hyphen use:

fp debt relief hyph no hyph

Unsure of that hyphen?

If you’re unsure if two words should be joined by a hyphen, just do what the folks at the Yahoo! front page do:

fp carbon tax

One of those is bound to be correct, right?

This is how mistakes spread

When the verb phrase opt out appeared on Yahoo! Sports with a hyphen — not once, but twice — I feared we’d see this mistake elsewhere:

opt-out sports

It looks like Yahoo! News picked up the story and went with the misspelling of the verb, too:

opt-out news

Hey, they may be wrong, but at least they’re consistent. For a change.

Laying it out in black and white

Let’s lay this out in black and white for the Yahoo! Celebrity writer: If you don’t know that fiancé is an engaged man (and fiancée is an engaged woman), perhaps you should refer to the man as betrothed. Or maybe boyfriend:

simpson omg 1

If you’re using it as an adjective, then black-and-white gets two hyphens. (As a noun, it doesn’t need those hyphens.)

So, Jessica Simpson posted a black-and-white photo on Instagram. Is it any surprise that it looked like she was wearing a black and white dress? (I really don’t know how the writer could tell what color the dress was.) Repeating a word isn’t the worst mistake a writer can make, but claiming she “was laid out” makes it sound like the poor woman was prepared for a funeral, not a wedding:

simpson omg 2

Finally, the writer alleges that her hand was “placed seductively over her eyebrow.” Unless her eyebrow is somewhere on the top of her head, I think the writer made a misstatement:

simpson omg 3

Arousing suspicion

I suspect that the writers and/or editors over at Yahoo! Shine haven’t been trained in the wonder that is punctuation. If they had been, they’d know enough not to put the question mark here:

paradise quest

The question mark belongs after the closing quotation mark because the entire sentence is a question.

I suspect the writer didn’t look up the spelling of Lil’ Kim; if she had, she’d know there’s an apostrophe missing here:

lil kim shine

So, when the writers aren’t dropping punctuation marks, they’re adding them where they don’t belong, like here:

post-partum shine

The word is postpartum, without a hyphen.

And my favorite mistake, arousing my suspicion that no one at Yahoo! cares about spelling, is this misspelling:

arrousing shine

That isn’t isn’t

You don’t need a close-up of this caption on Yahoo! News to see that one word isn’t spelled correctly and another is missing its hyphen:

inst news

Averse to spell-checkers

This would be humorous if it weren’t so sad. The writer for Yahoo! News manages to cram a lot of embarrassing goofs into a single sentence:

humerous news

It seems the writer is averse to using a spell-checker (not unlike all Yahoo! writers). He may also be averse to technology. He certainly has a bit of confusion about adverse (which means harmful or unfavorable) with averse (which means strongly disinclined).

But I’m not the only one who thinks that this writer needs a refresher course in basic English. Here are just a few of the comments made by readers of the article:

I wonder if one of the humorous anecdotes has to do with the poor spelling and proofreading of this article.

I see Yahoo is hiring 10 year old illiterate grade school dropouts again who lack any and all knowledge of spelling, proper punctuation, and more importantly, proof reading skills.

Eric Pfeiffer needs to go back to grammatical school.

Eric Pfeiffer needs to go back to 3rd grade composition and learn to PROOFREAD.

OK, since Yahoo obviously doesn’t employ editors, allow me: First, it is spelled “humorous”, not “humerous”. Secondly, the proper phrase is “technology AVERSE”, not “adverse”. And there is no hyphen between them.

How about some editor earning his paycheck?

“technologically-adverse” It’s “averse,” and it shouldn’t be hyphenated. To which another commenter added:

You’re chastising someone that is literary averse who will never understand.The guy does work for Yahoo after all.

I know people with Downs Syndrome who write better than Eric Pfeiffer.

Hall of Fame error

Here’s one error that belongs in the Hall of Fame of Ridiculous Writing:

fp hall-of-famer

I see mistakes like that and I just have to ask: What the heck were you thinking? It’s Hall of Fame and members are Hall of Famers.

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