Imagine that! A multimillion-dollar house with a layout that was intentional! Planned, even! And here I thought that it was totally accidental. Thanks, yahoo.com, for clarifying that:
I thought I was reading the U.S. version of Yahoo! until I read this on Yahoo! Sports:
That spelling of honors is what you’d find on the other side of the Atlantic. That’s among several words on Yahoo! that are chiefly British, but on a site for a U.S. audience. Like this:
According to the blog for Oxford Dictionaries:
Many authorities (such as “Garner’s Modern American Usage”) and language blogs state that, in US English, amongst is now seen as old-fashioned, and even “pretentious”. If you are a US English speaker, therefore, and you don’t want to come across to your audience as out of date or, heaven forbid, linguistically la-di-da, then it’s advisable to opt for among.
I just don’t know what to say about this teaser on yahoo.com. Was it written by someone just learning English? Someone unfamiliar with common English idioms? Someone who can’t write a logical statement?
When discussing budgets, most people use terms like “within budget,” “not in the budget,” or “budget busting.” But I’ve never heard the expression “out of your budget.” Is that what they say in Mumbai?
But wait! There’s more! There’s the little bit about “water views that won’t break the bank.” Do you think the writer knows that it doesn’t make sense? And how did this mess get past the editor?
Stuck in traffic? Got a microwave oven handy? And some water, peanuts, Cup Noodles, and raisins? And maybe a spoon? Then you can make a snack, according to Yahoo! News:
OK, so maybe not. The writer obviously did not read the article that this teaser refers to. The article is about food you can get at a gas station mini-mart — not food you prepare in your car when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic.