That certainly is a new initiative

The White House has announced a new health care initiative. It’s so new, in fact, that only the crackerjack reporters at Yahoo! News have the scoop:

healthcare news

I don’t care for the mashed-up healthcare (but it seems to be OK with the trendy journalists at Yahoo!), but I didn’t think we needed a new initiative. I thought the old spelling was just fine.

What’s a cozy’s?

I don’t know what a cup cozy is, but I do know this isn’t its plural on Yahoo! DIY:

cozys apost diy

Seriously. What is wrong with the writers at DIY? They can’t seem to form a plural without an apostrophe and an S. The plural of cozy is cozies. No apostrophe.

Oscar de la Renta: The go-to

In an attempt to pay tribute to the late Oscar de la Renta, the folks at yahoo.com come up with a little creative capitalization:

fp la renta

(I think Mr. de la Renta was more than just a “go-to” for women. Perhaps he was the “go-to” designer.)

As if that weren’t enough creativity, one writer for Yahoo! Style thought this was the correct way to capitalize the designer’s name:

de la renta style

and another Style writer had a completely different take on de la Renta:

renata style

I think that if you’re going to be lauding a man whose name is so well-known, you should be able to spell it correctly.

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):

fl 1

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:

fl 2

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:

fl 3

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

fl 4

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.

Doe a Deere, a female Deere

What an embarrassment for everyone at Yahoo! Style:

doe deer

Who the heck works for a “style” site and can’t spell makeup? And how the heck did the misspelling of Doe Deere (the subject of the article) make it into a headline and past the editor’s eyeballs?

The real Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Notorious R.B.G. isn’t this person on Yahoo! Style; it’s actually Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

ginsberg style

You’re not fooling anyone

The writer over at Yahoo! DIY isn’t fooling anyone with this misspelling of trompe l’œil:

tromp diy

Trompe l’œil, which means “fool the eye” in French,l is a style of painting.

Not to knock your writing, but…

Not to knock Yahoo! Style, but I think the quality of its content would be greatly improved if it were written by people actually familiar with English:

knock against style

Maybe if they employed college graduates familiar with common idioms and with using Google to check the spelling of characters (like, say, Maleficent), the writing wouldn’t be so amateurish. And if their writers knew that one of five “women” is actually a one-year-old baby, another is a doll, and another is a Lego figure, the word choices might be also be a bit more accurate.

I guess I really was knocking Yahoo! Style.

A no-nonsense look at writing

After reading the scribblings of Yahoo! writers and editors for years, few mistakes surprise me. But here are two that I’ve never seen before and hope to never see again:

themself diy

From Yahoo! DIY we get the nonsense that should be no-nonsense and the inscrutable themself. Really? The writer couldn’t figure out the plural themselves? In all the horrible, terrible, no good writing I’ve come across, I’ve never, ever seen a themself. Never.

This is not funny

This is the entire introduction on Yahoo! Style to a video about New York Comic Con:

comicon style

Imagine you have one sentence to write and you can’t even bother to spell the subject of the sentence correctly? Imagine how dumb you look.

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