Mistake so basic leaves me astounded

Making pizza dough requires water, salt, yeast, and flower. Flower? Yup, that’s what it says on Yahoo! News:

flower news

I’m thinkin’ maybe dahlias would work in the dough. And thank goodness there’s no flour, because lots of folks are gluten-intolerant these days. Since the topping includes “basic leaves,” then maybe the branch of an oak or maple would have enough leaves. So how come the topping doesn’t include basil?

And then I stopped reading

Some things just stop me in my tracks when I’m reading. One of those things is a blatant, obvious error of fact that even I can identify. Here’s where I stopped reading an article on Yahoo! Movies: The second sentence of the opening paragraph:

nobel peace prize movies

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was not awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; however, he did receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Mass mess is a miss

What a mess! It’s not often we see so many errors in so few words — even on the Yahoo! front page:

fp pleas

According to the Associated Press stylebook (which some at Yahoo! allege they follow), the title pope isn’t capitalized unless it precedes the pope’s name, like Pope Francis. The Catholic Mass is a proper noun. Pleas is a noun also, but a common one. It’s not a verb; the verb is pleads.

Too much or too little?

Are there too many characters or too few words in this teaser on the Yahoo! front page?

fp moras apost

Is this supposed to be “Floribeth Mora says” or ” Floribeth Mora’s manicurist says”?

Liquefying catastrophe

Perhaps someone can explain how shifting earth can liquefy a catastrophe. It makes no sense to me, but apparently it makes sense to the writer for yahoo.com:

fp shifting earth

What the writer meant: The shifting earth is unlikely to liquefy as it did during  the Oso, Wash. catastrophe.

What country are you from?

There’s been an unusually large number of errors on the Yahoo! front page lately. Because many of those errors involved U.S. pop culture, common American idioms, and American spellings, I thought that perhaps a foreign government had taken control of yahoo.com. After seeing this, I’m convinced that the writing on the Yahoo! front page is not done in the U.S.:

fp boston governor

For all you yahoo.com writers in Mumbai or Minsk or wherever you are: No American city has a governor.  Boston is an American city. Therefore, Boston does not have a governor. Deval Patrick is the governor of Massachusetts.

Ditch those colorful foods this Easter!

Forget about serving “colorful foods that will light up your table.” (Light up my table? Like what? Garlic bulbs?) Stick with the classics like ham and deviled eggs:

fp sub

That’s the advice on the Yahoo! front page.  Unless, of course, the writer meant substitute ham and deviled eggs with colorful foods.

Opening doors with long legs

What do you use to open a door? Hands? Long legs? That’s what the writer for the Yahoo! front page thinks humans might use:

fp long legs

Frankie Valli falls a little short

Frankie Valli is not a giant physically; he’s only about 5′ 5″. But the folks at the Yahoo! front page make him (OK, just his name) a little shorter:

fp franki valli

Guess what’s not a question

Why would anyone think that this headline on Yahoo! Shine is a question?

guess whos coming quest shine

That’s actually an imperative sentence: An imperative sentence gives an instruction, an order, a command, or a request. In this case, the writer is requesting that you guess who’s coming to the gala.


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