Do I repeat repeat myself?

Would you have spotted the repeated word word here on the Yahoo! front page:

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or here here?

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First time in a dorm? Don’t bother with this

Only students who’ve lived in a dormitory (and who are headed back to a dorm) need read this article described on

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So, if you’re going to be a freshman, living in a dorm for the first time, look elsewhere for advice.

(It’s interesting how a little word like back can change the meaning of that sentence.)

It’s not what you think

Thinking men and women everywhere will recognize an extra word on that totally screws up a common idiom:

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Correct word usage is for the thinking man and woman; it is appreciated by thinking men and women.

Readers urge employer to demand writer resign

If a writer is so unfamiliar with the English language that he or she thinks this is correct, what should the management at do?

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Readers might demand the writer resign for sticking in an unnecessary (and wrong) preposition.

Readers land arrive at familiar conclusion

Every day readers of Yahoo! News arrive at the same conclusion: This site needs a proofreader!

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More head-scratching

This sentence from Yahoo! Music is more head-scratching than edifying:

more rather than music

There’s at least one word too many here. I just don’t know which word is unnecessary:

These images are more head-scratching rather than head-banging.


These images are more head-scratching rather than head-banging.

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:

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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:

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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:

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and the missing apostrophe in what should be Kardashians’:

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and at least one word too many here:

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Can you overlook errors like these?


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