You picked the wrong word

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is sometimes referred to by a shorter name, and it’s not the Roll Hall that you see on the Yahoo! front page:

fp roll hall

Since rock and roll is sometimes shortened to just “rock,” you’d think the writer would know that the hall of fame is sometimes called the Rock Hall of Fame.

Ten seconds or less

It took ten seconds or less to spot this error on the Yahoo! front page:

fp hours or fewer

This may be a case of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. The writer might think that fewer (rather than less) should be used for countable items. And that’s generally correct, except there are some exceptions: time, money, and distance. In those cases, the correct word is less: $50 or less, 10 feet or less, and 6 hours or less.

Lots of one guest

Just what is the fate of your guest during the holidays? The lots of a guest mentioned on Yahoo! DIY has me wondering:

youre guests diy

Maybe that’s supposed to guests! Yes, that’s the ticket. But now I have to figure out why those folks at Yahoo! said “you are guests.” Are they inviting us all over for a little eggnog?

How old are you?

Reading this, I thought the writer was perhaps a 10-year-old, and not a professional writer for

fp which is when

Since when does “which is when” apply to a medical condition? I guess the writer didn’t know that when applies to time, except when you were in third grade, when you used it liberally to apply to just about anything. Maybe when the writer graduates from high school he or she will think to write:

hypoxia, which is a deficiency of oxygen in the brain

What was he tried for the first time?

An art teacher from Ohio took time after his retrial (for an undisclosed crime) to help decorate the White House for Christmas:

retried diy

When I see statements like that on Yahoo! DIY, I wonder if the site’s editors have all retired.

Where does Beyoncé get her wisdom?

She imports it! Or at least that’s what a writer for Yahoo! Style says:

imports style

I’d like to impart a little wisdom of my own, for the benefit (I hope) of the writer: Don’t trust a spell-checker to do all of your proofreading for you. A word may be spelled correctly, but a spell-checker can’t tell you if it’s the correct word to use.

As you are wont to do

It may be a simple case of a missing apostrophe or it may be a case of mistaken word. The writers at Yahoo! Sports are wont to make both types of error:

wont sports

The word should be won’t, a contraction of will not. The verb wont means “accustomed, used to, or likely.”

I was looking for the U.S. version

I thought I was looking at the U.S. version of, until I read this:

fp jumper

In the U.S., this is a jumper:

jumper dress

It’s called a pinafore dress or a pinafore in the U.K, where a jumper is a pullover sweater.

What Prince George is wearing in the photo is what we in the States call a sweater vest.


Wondering about wanderlust

Those wacky editors over at Yahoo! Style are at it again with their crazy-ass vocabulary and their grammatical blunders:

wanderlust style

In their world, wanderlust isn’t an obsession or impulse to travel. It’s a synonym for wanderers or travelers (which, of course, it isn’t to the rest of us). Maybe. That’s the only explanation I can offer to the use of the pronoun their. It needs an antecedent (the thing it refers to) and it looks like the reader has to supply it, since the writer didn’t.

You just can’t teach it

Some people have had success teaching grammar, spelling, and other subjects related to written communication. I’ve been one of those people. But there’s one area of writing that I’ve failed at. I have never been able to teach someone logic. If their writing is illogical, their thinking is, too. And I can’t correct it.

I thought of that when I read this paragraph on Yahoo! DIY:

to upkeep

There’s just so much wrong here. The writer separates chemotherapy and cancer treatments, although we all know that chemotherapy is a cancer treatment. Perhaps she just forgot to include the word other: Undergoing chemotherapy and other cancer treatments would be correct here.

There’s just no way explain the use of the noun upkeep as a verb. It’s not a verb; to keep up would work, though.

I’m not sure why she had to specify an apartment (which is someone’s home) and home (did she perhaps mean house?) as if one wasn’t an example of the other.

Finally, that last sentence makes no sense. If I understand what she wrote, the mom was able to afford a cleaner, therefore it was possible to summon the energy to do it herself. Huh? Again, this is just a lapse in logic. I’m guessin’ the poor writer meant: If her mom had not been able to afford the cost of a house cleaner, the house would not be cleaned because she could not summon the energy to do it. Which is a lot of words. Better? Her mom could afford a house cleaner, which was fortunate since she didn’t have the energy to clean her own home.


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