Rosaries of my ovaries

OK, so it’s not really my ovaries. And the message isn’t “get your rosaries of my ovaries,” even though that’s what you’ll read on Yahoo! Style:

lesley gore style

That should be “get your rosaries off my ovaries.” Don’t blame me; I don’t make this stuff up. You looking for someone to blame? Blame the writer who believes that Lesley Gore wrote “You Don’t Own Me.” She makes this stuff up.

Bad word choice: Yahoo edition

Here’s a bad word choice, courtesy of Yahoo! Style:

addition style hp

It’s possible (but highly unlikely) that the writer meant addition and not edition  (although it doesn’t make a lot of sense). But the fact that Yahoo! Style contains a truckload of poor word choices every day makes me think this is just one more.

How long is a neck’s nap?

Ever had your foot fall asleep? Well, most of us have. But did you know that your neck can sleep, too? It’s called the nap of the neck and it’s documented here on Yahoo! Beauty:

nap of the neck beauty

I wonder if the whole neck naps, or just the nape of the neck.

Here a things you may have missed

Here’s one thing that the writer/editor/proofreader/whoever missed on Yahoo! TV:

here a things tv

When tales are reports

Huh? I have no idea what this means on the Yahoo! front page:

fp tales are reports

Does this mean that some tales are not tales, but reports? What kind of reports? Book reports? Or does “just reports” mea “just gossip” or “just secondhand info” or “just rumors” or “just newspaper reports”? I’m so confused.

It took a whole team to write this badly?

Here’s a shocking admission from Yahoo! Style: This article, and all its errors, was written by “Yahoo Style Editors.” Apparently it takes more than one editor to screw up this badly. In general first ladies doesn’t get capital-letter treatment (at least according to most authorities, including the Associated Press). And no authority would OK the use of an apostrophe in the plural houses. (But no article from Style would be complete without at least one apostrophe in a plural):

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One of those “Yahoo Style Editors” really ought to be able to spell the name of every U.S. president, so one of them should be able to spell every president’s wife’s name, too. Like Nancy Reagan:

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I kinda think that’s inexcusable. And I’m horrified that the writers think that Hillary Clinton was inaugurated in 1997. She never had her own inauguration. She did, however, attend her husband’s 1997 inauguration.

Those “editors” could use a little tutelage in the use of a spell-checker:

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Lordie, lordie. Doesn’t anyone in the group of “Yahoo Style Editors” know how to spell? Or use a dictionary? Or a spell-checker?

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And finally there’s just one more lie they have to tell. (It’s probably not a lie so much as an inability for the combined brains of “Yahoo Style Editors” to understand words of more than two syllables.) Mrs. Clinton did not wear an embellished gown to her husband’s second term ceremony. She wore one to her husband’s second-term Inaugural Ball.

That’s usually the case

Yes, a resemblance is usually a similar resemblance, and we have the genius writer at Yahoo! Style to tell us that:

jig-jagged style

What she hasn’t told us is the meaning of jig-jagged. Did she make up that word? Yes. What she calls jig-jagged lines looks like zigzag lines to me.

I am not a table

Are the folks at Yahoo! DIY asking me what my story is?

tells a story diy

I ask because it seems that every table tells a story. But I am not a table. So why do they want to know my story? Maybe they mean “What’s your table’s story?” Is that so difficult to write? Apparently it is for some people.

Get a peek at this

Get a peek at the use of an incorrect preposition on the Yahoo! front page:

fp get a peek of

Who says “get a peek of”? Someone still learning English perhaps?

Don’t miss missed opportunities!

From Yahoo! Style we get advice that we’re all sure to follow:

missed opp style

I have nothing to add to that bit of wisdom.

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