Quote, ‘that’s not right,’ unquote

Was this sentence on Yahoo! News dictated to a typist who is totally unfamiliar with journalistic standards?

quote news

That might account for the quote followed by the quotation in quotation marks. Or maybe that was written by the journalist totally unfamiliar with journalistic standards. That could happen.

Because a joint interview separately is just silly

I am indebted to Yahoo! Celebrity for explaining that two people had a joint interview together. I guess doing a joint interview separately would present a logistical challenge:

joint together omg

Taken to the next misstep

This headline on the Yahoo! front page takes idiotic idioms to the next level:

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I suppose if you’re just learning English, you might not know common expressions like “take it to the next level” or “take the next step.” If that’s the case, I suggest you have someone familiar with common idioms edit your writing before you publish it.

Sill, you can’t help noticing

Sometimes, when I read something on Yahoo! Celebrity, I can’t help wondering if the writer is familiar with basic English idioms, like this:

rent 1

Actually, the Kardashians have been renting a home; the owner of the home has been renting out the home.

There are some mistakes I can overlook. Still, I can’t help noticing the typos:

rent 2

and the missing apostrophe in what should be Kardashians’:

rent 3

and at least one word too many here:

rent 4

Can you overlook errors like these?

Grapes don’t contain calories

Isn’t this basic elementary school science?  Didn’t we learn that a calorie is a measurement of heat? Shouldn’t a person writing for yahoo.com know that a calorie is not an ingredient of food? So, how would you explain this?

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So, that’s three faces?

Someone with too much time on his hands noticed that Joaquin Phoenix’s face looks a little funny in the movie “Her.” According to Yahoo! Movies, there’s a face in the wrinkles of Mr. Phoenix’s forehead and — believe it or not — the face in the forehead also has a face and a mouth:

forehead movies

So, I pulled out my trusty abacus and figured out that there’s three faces and four mouths. But looking at the typos, I may have underestimated.

Someone didn’t get the memo

The folks over at Yahoo! News claim that they follow the Associated Press style by referring to the country in the news as Ukraine, and not the Ukraine. It looks like someone at the Yahoo! front page didn’t get the memo:

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Good to know

Oh, it’s so good to know that because I’m thrifty with my money (what else would I be thrifty with?), I don’t have to drive a bad car:

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I have no idea what a “bad car” is, because I’ve never heard of a car being bad. Did the writer mean a lemon? Why would the writer assume that tightfisted consumers expect to buy only “bad cars”? Anyhoo,  I’m glad to know that according to the yahoo.com folks, I don’t have to drive one even though I’m parsimonious with my money.

Ron Howard, Jay Z unconscious?

If Ron Howard and Jay Z came to together, were they both unconscious? Passed out drunk? Comatose? What happened to the men and why doesn’t Yahoo! Music give us the details? I want details!

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Which what?

Huh? I’m not even going to try to explain this headline from Yahoo! Shine:

which what shine

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