Were they straddling state lines?

Did the victims of those deadly caramel apples have their left foot in one state and their right foot in another state? Is that how it was possible to have five deaths in ten states, as reported by Yahoo! Health?

5 deaths

Get busy with rewriting this

Readers of Yahoo! Celebrity are the unlucky ones if they believed this bit of creativity:

busy celeb

Busy Philipps, and not her daughters, is the “Cougar Town” actress. How that simple fact got so screwed up is beyond me.

If only there were a way…

If only there were a way for a writer to look up the correct spelling of a product. I’m thinkin’ maybe if the writer for Yahoo! News had a picture of Hellmann’s mayonnaise, this misspelling might not have happened:

hellmans news

Maybe.

You call that a malfunction?

When reading about a wardrobe malfunction you encounter a spelling malfunction, you know you’re looking at a Yahoo! site. This time it’s Yahoo! Celebrity:

malfuction celeb

That’s par for the toes

It’s par for the course: An ugly typo on yahoo.com:

fp partoes

Payoff off

This payoff on Yahoo! Sports is a little off:

payoff sports

As one word, payoff is a noun. What’s needed here is a verb, pay off.

And you thought Santa was known for toys…

Silly me. I thought Santa Claus was famous for delivering toys to good little girls and boys. But Yahoo! Style has the real lowdown on that jolly fellow:

famous for leather diy

He’s known for his leather jackets and black basics. Hey, he sounds just like designer Rick Owens!

That’s not where it goes

Where does the question mark go? Not where they put it on the Yahoo! front page:

fp interview quest quot

Unless the question is Interview?, then the question mark belongs after the closing quotation mark.

Let the dictionary be your bible

When it comes to deciding whether to capitalize a word, let the dictionary be your bible. That’s my advice to the folks at the Yahoo! front page who chose to write about a bible. They weren’t referring to the Old Testament or the New Testament:

fp bible lc

The sacred text of Christianity and Judaism is the Bible; a reference work is a bible.

You picked the wrong word

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is sometimes referred to by a shorter name, and it’s not the Roll Hall that you see on the Yahoo! front page:

fp roll hall

Since rock and roll is sometimes shortened to just “rock,” you’d think the writer would know that the hall of fame is sometimes called the Rock Hall of Fame.

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