It’s not a bum rap

Yahoo! Style writers will soon have a reputation for being the worst professional writers on the Net. And it’s not a bum rap. It’s well deserved:

bum wrap diy

This is a bum wrap:

bum wrap 2

An undeserved negative reputation is a bum rap. That’s something entirely different.

Also entirely different are hit the town (which means to party, usually implying some bar-hopping) and hit town (which means to arrive).

What does a tick say?

Just skip over the capitalized syndrome, and head right to the verbal ticks in this excerpt from Yahoo! Travel:

verbal ticks

A verbal tick is one of these guys who actually speaks:

tic pic

The uncontrollable outbursts of words from those with Tourette’s are verbal tics.

Would that be an Alp?

I don’t know what kind of peak Ms. Bundchen gave her followers. Maybe if you take a sneak peek at this article on Yahoo! Style, you can tell me if it’s in the Alps or the Pyrenees.

peak luhrman style

Oh, I almost forgot: Can you also tell me why the writer misspelled Baz Luhrmann’s name?

A trash bag might be better than a sweater

Instead of tying a sweater around the waste, I’d suggest putting the waste in a Hefty trash bag. It’s sturdier and easier to dispose of:

waste style

Here’s Ms. Jenner with her waste-enshrouding sweater, courtesy of Yahoo! Style:

waste

I’m no fashion expert — unlike the writers for Style — but it looks like Ms. Jenner’s sweater is wrapped around an area of her body just below her waist. But I’m no fashion expert.

Away with away!

Unless this is meant to be a pun, the Yahoo! Travel writer should do away with away and replace it with aweigh:

away travel

The word aweigh is used only in the expression anchors aweigh and refers to pulling up an anchor so that it is hanging (or weighing) by its rope or chain.

Dueling bombings

Unless the two bombings at the Boston Marathon were fighting each other, the writer for Yahoo! News meant dual bombings:

duel news

And unless she refers to MIT as “mitt,” and not by its letters like the rest of the world does, then the article before it should be an, not a.

Pilfering rolls?

Inquiring minds ask the folks at Yahoo! Style: Hot dog or hamburger buns? Just what kind of buns were stolen?

buns of steal style

If you’re referring to Coco Chanel’s derrière, then they’re likely buns of steel.

Here’s a roundup

Here’s a roundup of what you can find in a single sentence on Yahoo! Style: A misspelling of roundup, a noun (round up, two words, is a phrasal verb) and a mistake that shines brighter than diamonds:

round up then style

It’s its, but it should be it’s

In spite of the fact that it’s the number 1 error in Terribly Write’s “Commonly Confused Words,” I don’t believe that professional writers don’t know the difference between its and it’s. I think that the writers for yahoo.com are just really careless:

fjp its no apos

For readers who are just learning English, let’s review: its is the possessive for of it; it’s is a contraction for it is or it has. It’s not hard.

It’s the principle of the thing

Here’s the principal reason I dislike Yahoo! Style: The quality of writing on the site is abysmal.

principle dancers style

It’s a basic principle of mine: If you’re paid to write, you should have a basic knowledge of the language you’re writing in.

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