This headline from Yahoo! Shine is probably one of my favorites. I’d put it in the same class as “Boob Jobs Increasing,” “Breast Reductions Decreasing,” and “Dermabrasions Resurfacing”:
As we all know, the writers and editors at Yahoo! News (and the entire Yahoo! network) don’t adhere to any standards for grammar, spelling, capitalization, terminology, or anything else that has to do with communicating through the written word.
So, I was absolutely shocked to read that Yahoo! News follows the guidelines in the Associated Press stylebook, including using “Ukraine” (and not “the Ukraine”) to refer to the country that’s plastered all over the news:
And then I spit out my nonfat, sugar-free vanilla latte when I read this on the homepage of Yahoo! News:
Those crazy kids at the keyboards over at Yahoo! Shine still don’t get it: You don’t include the registered trademark symbol if you just writing about the Oscars. I don’t understand why Oscars got the special treatment here:
That symbol is used by the owner of the trademark to indicate that you can’t go around calling yourself the Oscars. Like, Shine writers can’t claim to win the Oscar of Excellence in Internet Journalism. Not that they’d ever win any prize for excellence.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Except on Yahoo! Shine. I wouldn’t give you two cents for the photos the editors choose because they’re, er, um, stupid and irrelevant.
This would be a great illustration — if your desk is a yoga mat occupied by you and a baby:
I don’t think I’d follow the advice of anyone who can’t tell the difference between diamonds and pearls:
Good to know that hot rollers aren’t just for grannies. They’re also not just for illustrations, ’cause those are not hot rollers, they’re rollers on a woman sitting under a little something called a hair dryer:
Here’s a great picture of one way to end entry table clutter. It’s so functional, especially if you tend to keep a bathrobe, bathmat, and towels in your entryway:
After years of chronicling (some of) the mistakes in language and communication made by the professionals working for Yahoo!, I thought I had seen all the boneheaded errors that were possible to make by an English-speaking person. But I was wrong. I hadn’t counted on the creative geniuses at Yahoo! Shine, who are apparently all interns from a school for high school dropouts:
Maybe the trainee who wrote that headline believes that the writers for The New York Times, Time magazine, and Sports Illustrated — who don’t use ® every time they write a word that’s a registered trademark — are morons.
I bet that trainees read something about registered trademarks and thought everyone must identify all registered trademarks in all writing everywhere. It’s not true, Yahoo!® Shine® writers!
Congratulations to the writer for Yahoo! Music who thought that lightin‘ needed an apostrophe:
If the writer wanted to indicate an omitted letter in lighting, that apostrophe’s the way to do it. Unfortunately, that reference to greased lightin’ should have been to greased lightnin‘, since the name of the song from “Grease” is “Grease Lightning.”
Today, Yahoo! Celebrity (formerly known as omg!) makes Lindsay Lohan look even dumber than she normally does by claiming she’ll be voting for Mitt Romney for president, even though Mr. Romney was a candidate way back in 2012.
So, the article showed up today, February 14, 2014. But it’s dated October 12, 2012. Way to be timely, Yahoo!.
The best editors I’ve worked with could edit just about anything because they were interested in everything, read voraciously, and had a broad, sweeping knowledge of so many subjects that they’d give the best “Jeopardy” contestants a run for their money.
It’s editors like that who could edit an article on Yahoo! Movies, and spot a mistake about a totally different subject:
Those editors would know the difference between a macaron and a macaroon — and wouldn’t need to refer to this illustration from Lovely Little Details:
Yahoo! should get it some of that kind of editor.