Setting back gender equality by decades

At a time when real journalists refer to the late Joan Rivers as a comedian and male and female thespians as actors, why would the writer for Yahoo! Style make a sorry attempt at referring to Anna Wintour as an editrix?

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I guess if you don’t know if your boss is an editor, editor in chief, or editor-in-chief, you don’t know that a female editor is an editor.

Is that Jonah Hill?

It’s not quite Jonah Hill on the home page of Yahoo! Style:

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I was pretty sure the writer meant “Jonah,” but just to be sure, I clicked through to the article, which I didn’t read:

jonah style

Just looking at the dense text was giving me a headache. If a writer can’t be bothered to hit the Enter key once in a while, I can’t be bothered to read her musings.

I think I’ll go take two Advil and go lie down on my new futon.

Keep the kids away from the keyboard

This is what happens when you let the kiddies take over the keyboard and write for a site like Yahoo! Style: You get amateurish writing, juvenile vocabulary, and sloppy errors. I don’t know if the writer is a teen or a tween, just that she writes like one.

A professional writer covering New York Fashion Week should know how many capital letters to use. But that’s not all; the errors are nonstop (which is one word, not two). She seems like a writer I typically wouldn’t chat with:

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It’s Groundhog Day, not this thing the writer made up:

adderall style 2

If you’re writing about Adderall, don’t you think you should know when to hit the Shift key? It’s common to refer to a certain period as the mid-90s and it’s more common to include all words, even the in “as the wonder drug”:

adderall style 3

Is this the kind of writing they’re featuring on Yahoo! now? Does the writer have such a paucity of words that she can’t come up with a better way to express this?

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Clearly she has no idea what a proper noun is, like Instagram and Tumblr:

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(Since Yahoo! also owns Tumblr, she might want to learn how to spell it.)

The writing is so bad that I’m practically dozing off.  But I perk up when I see a quote this bad. (It should be “said, ‘You’re welcome.’) And again with the undercapitalized Adderall!

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I don’t know how this went off the rails so badly:

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There’s at least one way to correct that: “At every dinner, cocktail party, and even shows.”

Lordie, I guess we can’t expect kids these days to know about the use of a hyphen in a compound adjective like “four-hour” or to know how to proofread so that no words are missing:

adderall style 8

This wouldn’t be complete without one more lowercased Adderall:

adderall style 9

So, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Not if the writer’s a 10-year-old.

Not a Nobel laureate?

I’m just going to take a wild guess that the writer for Yahoo! Travel is not the recipient of a Nobel Prize:

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Ariana Grande getting grander

Ariana Grande got a little larger with the addition of a random letter on Yahoo! Music:

arianda music

I’m almost embarrassed for you

I’m almost embarrassed for the writer for yahoo.com who’s responsible for misspelling Renée Zellweger’s name and for repeating a word:

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Giving CeeLo a little space

It’s no biggie. Just a little extra space in CeeLo’s name on the Yahoo! front page:

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It’s just one more example of Yahoo! writers refusing to accept that they’re not the greatest spellers in the English-speaking (or any) world.

Who’s the villain now?

Who’s the real villain behind this misspelling on the Yahoo! front page?

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Is it the writer? The editor or proofreader? (Nah, Yahoo! doesn’t see the need for editors or proofreaders.) The engineers who designed a content-creation tool that doesn’t have a spell-checker? Management?

Did you hit the tequila before you wrote that?

Maybe the writer was doing a little research, testing a drink recipe, before writing about tequila on the Yahoo! front page:

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Someone else should get an earful

The person responsible for this mistake on Yahoo! Sports should get an earful from his or her supervisor:

ear full sports

The American Heritage Dictionary says earful means:

  1. An abundant or excessive amount of something heard, such as talk or music.
  2. Gossip, especially of an intimate or scandalous nature.
  3. A scolding or reprimand.
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