Just hangin’ out

I was hangin’ out over at Yahoo! Style, reading about Parisian restaurants when I almost spit out my nonfat, sugar-free vanilla latte:

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Did the writer think that the steak sits around in those Quonset hut-like shelters for planes? The hanger steak gets its name because it hangs from the diaphragm of the steer, not because it hangs out at an airport.

This is really scary

This is a really scary mistake on the Yahoo! front page. If it represents the quality of education today’s “journalists” have had, then the U.S. is in serious trouble. According to the writers, the president said that mistrust of police scares “the hearts of our children”:

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Here’s what the president actually said:


Mistakes like that are frightening and are scaring me while the damage is scarring the language.

I came, I saw, I misspelled

Reading this on Yahoo! Finance, you might think this is a careless typo:

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That was my view until I watched the video. Then my opinion of the mistake is somewhat less charitable:

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It’s not the first time Yahoo! staffers have misspelled Caesar. They’ve been rather creative in the spelling, including Cesar and Cesear.

I read this so you don’t have to

I read Yahoo! Style so you don’t have to. And I report on just the worst of the many gaffes committed by Yahoo!’s writers. And these excerpts from a single article are some of the worst.

It starts with the misspelled America Ferrera and goes on to a couple of repeated words. The movie title gets no special treatment (which is usually italics or quotation marks at Yahoo!, there being no company standard). There’s an expression the writer misuses; it tripped her up. (Apparently she didn’t know it’s not the same as simply tripping.) What kind of nut was involved in this story? Beats me. It’s not OK not to capitalize OK; and it’s not OK to capitalize goddess:

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I thought I was reading a story about Kim Kardashian, who was nearly trampled in a crowd. But (or nut?) it was a security guard who was nearly the victim. (The other victim is the reader of this piece, where the misplaced modifier produces unlikely results.) You’d think that a professional writing about style and fashion would know how to spell Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s name, but you would be wrong:

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During the fashion show, the front row was set to a soundtrack. I guess that’s better than being set on fire, but not as good as a show set to a soundtrack. Anyhoo, it hardly matters since the music included a song that the writer claims is “Stop Pressuring Me.” There is no song by that name. However there is a tune with the lyric “stop pressuring me” and it’s called “Scream.” Then there’s a teensy word missing, but that’s really not important in light of the other embarrassments:

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I read this stuff so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Did stubbornness lead to error?

Did the writer’s stubbornness and refusal to spell-check this headline lead to a misspelling on tYahoo! Sports?

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Is that the back of a credit card?

If you turn your Visa card over, do you see its versa? So, behind every great credit card is a great versa. And vice versa. Or whatever:

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And behind this paragraph from Yahoo! Health is one very embarrassed writer (one hopes).

Befriending Amanda Seyfried

Those great writers at Yahoo! Celebrity have befriended Amanda Seyfried with an extra character:

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Readers say ‘NO!’

Unless this is about Sir Walter, Dred, and Ridley, the geniuses at Yahoo! News meant Scots:

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Not-so-common core

Com’on! Don’t tell me the editors at Yahoo! News didn’t notice this typo:

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Nothing says ‘I don’t give a crap’ like umf

There’s lots of bad writing on the Internet, even by paid professionals. And when they don’t give a crap about their writing, you’ll likely see factual errors, misspellings, and incorrect word choices. That’s what I was thinking when I read this on Yahoo! Travel:

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This is allegedly about something called “Hearty Eggs,” but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s really about haggis. It’s clear the writer was a tad confused about her subject, just as she was confused about the difference between further and farther, the word that refers to real, physical distance.

But nothing says “I don’t give a sh*t” like umf, which I take to be a lazy writer’s attempt at oomph. Umf is not a word, but it is an abbreviation and according to the Urban Dictionary it means “ugly motherf***er,” which I don’t think the writer meant. Although if she reads this, she may be thinking that.


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