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:

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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!

come to together

Which what?

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

which what shine

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:

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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:

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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:

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Blogger writes DIY post

From the “I Already Knew That” department of redundancy comes this headline on Yahoo! News:

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It’s pretty safe to say that if someone created a slide it was a DIY (do-it-yourself) slide. But, thanks for the info.

I’d like to say that the article is a bit of an improvement over the headline, but I can’t. I’m familiar with the idiom “to the tune of,” but have never seen or heard it used to describe an approximate length. But what do I know? I’ll tell you what I know: I know that a luge is a sled or the sport involving a sled. It is not a water slide as this writer alleges:

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I also know the builder of the water slide tried to keep his costs low. And he did it by using wooden pallets:

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He did not use palettes. This is a palette:

palette

What he used were pallets, which look something like this:

pallet

A shoo-in for Worst Travel Writing of the Day

What makes this article on Yahoo! Travel a candidate for Worst Travel Writing of the Day? It could be this paragraph, which starts out with a non-sentence and then gets a tad repetitive:

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OK, so that was ugly. Maybe it was just a fluke. What could possibly be wrong with this?

shoe in travel 2

Well, in the first place, the Capital Wheel is not in Washington.  It’s in Maryland. That’s kinda a giant embarrassment. A lesser mistake is referring to the U.S. Capital (the capital of the U.S. is Washington, DC) when the writer meant the building, which is the Capitol.

Finally, the error that made this article a shoo-in for the Worst Travel Writing of the Day trophy:

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Hold on! That’s not right!

Hold it right there!

The writer for Yahoo! Shine should get hold of a good grammar book before writing another word. After she has gotten ahold of the book, she should look up the idioms “get hold of” and “get ahold of” (either is correct) and compare it to what she wrote:

got a hold news

We don’t need no stinkin’ proofreading

Proofreading? That’s for wussies. The folks at Yahoo! TV don’t believe in it and I have the evidence to prove it:

50 cent tv

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