We all know that a cappella means “without musical accompaniment.” On Yahoo! Shine, it also means “without all its letters”:
As we all know, the writers and editors at Yahoo! News (and the entire Yahoo! network) don’t adhere to any standards for grammar, spelling, capitalization, terminology, or anything else that has to do with communicating through the written word.
So, I was absolutely shocked to read that Yahoo! News follows the guidelines in the Associated Press stylebook, including using “Ukraine” (and not “the Ukraine”) to refer to the country that’s plastered all over the news:
And then I spit out my nonfat, sugar-free vanilla latte when I read this on the homepage of Yahoo! News:
I’m thinking of starting a regular feature on Terribly Write. I’ll call it “Fun With Photo Captions” and display my favorite recent photo-and-caption combo from Yahoo!.
I’d probably start with a photo from Yahoo! Shine, like this one from the movie “Pretty in Pink”:
And the brilliant caption that accompanies the photo:
Don’t you just love it when a writer is describing fashion but can’t tell a scarf from a lace hankie or a lapel from a pocket?
The home page of Yahoo! Shine is like a table of contents to all the great, well-written, entertaining, and enlightening articles you’ll find in the rest of the site. If you’re interested in making your cat an Internet superstar, for example, it promises you the five steps to a viral feline video:
Anxious to learn about those five steps (which I’ll get started on as soon as I adopt a cat from the local shelter), I clicked on the picture. Bah! I’ve been deceived yet again by writers who don’t recognize that 8 is different from 5:
Those crazy kids at the keyboards over at Yahoo! Shine still don’t get it: You don’t include the registered trademark symbol if you just writing about the Oscars. I don’t understand why Oscars got the special treatment here:
That symbol is used by the owner of the trademark to indicate that you can’t go around calling yourself the Oscars. Like, Shine writers can’t claim to win the Oscar of Excellence in Internet Journalism. Not that they’d ever win any prize for excellence.
Could a businesswoman from South America claim a background from Columbia University? Or is she from Columbia, the capital of South Carolina? Well, if you’ve read anything by the Yahoo! News staff, you’ve learned to interpret their misspellings and you realize the woman has a Colombian background:
Just in case you think that’s a rare typo, the writer just confirms for us that she thinks Columbia is in South America: