Amongst your words, that is the most pretentious

The new site Yahoo! Style may be setting some records in the number and severity of errors that it displays every day. These errors from a recent article are among the most amateurish on the site:

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The word amongst is a synonym for among. Is it wrong? Not exactly, but it’s just not as common in the U.S. as it is in other English-speaking countries. And Americans aren’t all that fond of the word. The OxfordWords blog sums up the sentiment of many Americans:

[M]any authorities (such as Garner’s Modern American Usage) and language blogs state that, in US English, amongst is now seen as old-fashioned, and even ‘pretentious’. If you are a US English speaker, therefore, and you don’t want to come across to your audience as out of date or, heaven forbid, linguistically la-di-da, then it’s advisable to opt for among.

As for the other error in that paragraph, I believe there’s a mismatch between the subject designer and the verb, which should be tells. I can’t be sure since there appears to be some extra words, but I think the writer promises to let us know what the designer is listening to. That is simply a lie. The interview that follows does not include any such info.

The interviewer was clearly in the dark about Josef Albers’ “Interaction of Color,” which is a book. The designer was also influenced by the Blaschkas, a father and son, and not just one misspelled person:

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It would have been nice (and expected from a real site with any integrity) to check the references made by the person being interviewed. But this is Yahoo!, and journalistic integrity is not a priority.

Also not a priority? Punctuation. At least, correct punctuation is not a priority. Maybe someone will tell us about the process the writer has for distinguishing between a question and an imperative sentence:

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Do I repeat repeat myself?

Would you have spotted the repeated word word here on the Yahoo! front page:

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or here here?

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First time in a dorm? Don’t bother with this

Only students who’ve lived in a dormitory (and who are headed back to a dorm) need read this article described on yahoo.com:

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So, if you’re going to be a freshman, living in a dorm for the first time, look elsewhere for advice.

(It’s interesting how a little word like back can change the meaning of that sentence.)

It’s not what you think

Thinking men and women everywhere will recognize an extra word on yahoo.com that totally screws up a common idiom:

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Correct word usage is for the thinking man and woman; it is appreciated by thinking men and women.

Readers urge employer to demand writer resign

If a writer is so unfamiliar with the English language that he or she thinks this is correct, what should the management at yahoo.com do?

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Readers might demand the writer resign for sticking in an unnecessary (and wrong) preposition.

Readers land arrive at familiar conclusion

Every day readers of Yahoo! News arrive at the same conclusion: This site needs a proofreader!

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More head-scratching

This sentence from Yahoo! Music is more head-scratching than edifying:

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There’s at least one word too many here. I just don’t know which word is unnecessary:

These images are more head-scratching rather than head-banging.

or

These images are more head-scratching rather than head-banging.

Because a joint interview separately is just silly

I am indebted to Yahoo! Celebrity for explaining that two people had a joint interview together. I guess doing a joint interview separately would present a logistical challenge:

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Sill, you can’t help noticing

Sometimes, when I read something on Yahoo! Celebrity, I can’t help wondering if the writer is familiar with basic English idioms, like this:

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Actually, the Kardashians have been renting a home; the owner of the home has been renting out the home.

There are some mistakes I can overlook. Still, I can’t help noticing the typos:

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and the missing apostrophe in what should be Kardashians’:

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and at least one word too many here:

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Can you overlook errors like these?

Someone didn’t get the memo

The folks over at Yahoo! News claim that they follow the Associated Press style by referring to the country in the news as Ukraine, and not the Ukraine. It looks like someone at the Yahoo! front page didn’t get the memo:

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