Everything from the headlines to the teasers to the links has been proofread on yahoo.com:
Just kidding. Clearly that sentence, with its mismatched subject and verb, escaped the eyes of the proofreaders and editors.
Where do the folks who write for yahoo.com get their information? I think they just make it up. Maybe the writer thought that the article “Be Careful Where You Step: the Freakiest Sinkholes Around the World” would entice more readers if they thought it was about the world’s biggest sinkholes:
It’s not. In fact, the world’s biggest sinkhole isn’t even included in the article. But, as long as this headline attracts clicks, who cares if it’s accurate?
So, how did Yahoo! Answers get its name? Is it the result of consumer research? I really don’t know, but I do know that it’s not the best-written site on Yahoo!. Check out the mistakes in this one little paragraph, which include a contraction (it’s) instead of a possessive pronoun (its) and a noun (checkout) instead of a phrasal verb (check out):
If you’re looking for reliable information about your next vacation spot, I suggest you skip Yahoo! Travel. It’s not exactly a shining example of accuracy. Take this headline, for instance:
Maybe the writer is from Florida and was having flashbacks about Bal Harbour and has trouble with spelling. That could happen. Or maybe the writer has a really bad memory, and couldn’t remember the name of the town after reading about Bar Harbor, Maine. That could happen.
Whoever wrote this for the Yahoo! front page has a problem with grammar:
The pronouns whoever and whomever signal a dependent clause; the choice of pronoun to use depends on its function in the dependent clause. In this case, it is the subject of the verb shot; therefore, the correct word is whoever.
Do the folks who write for yahoo.com live in a cave? A nunnery? How else do you explain the writer’s ignorance of a common woman’s undergarment?
Here’s what Ms. Saldana wore:
That “mysterious accessory around her waist” isn’t garter-like — it’s garter-belt-like. This is a garter belt; the straps hanging down are the garters:
Sometimes, when I read something on Yahoo! Celebrity, I can’t help wondering if the writer is familiar with basic English idioms, like this:
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:
and the missing apostrophe in what should be Kardashians’:
and at least one word too many here:
Can you overlook errors like these?