Headaches: They’re all in your skin

Oy! Reading this sentence on the Yahoo! front page has given me a headache:

fp more than

I’m thinking really, really hard, trying to figure out what “little needles can solve a lot more of skin ailments” means. More than what? Noxema? Botox? A whack in the face with a bag of nickels? And when did a headache get reclassified as a “skin ailment”? This is giving me a migraine. I think I need to go see my acupuncturist.

Bankrupt or not bankrupt? Yes

Oh, dear. Let’s hope that the writer for Yahoo! Style doesn’t try to cross over and write for Yahoo! Finance, where a knowledge of words like bankruptcy is required:

delia bank style

So, did Delia’s file for bankruptcy or will the retailer file for bankruptcy? Yes, says the writer.

No. No it isn’t

Radiant heating has been around since at least ancient Roman times. Do not believe what you read on the Yahoo! front page. Sometimes the writers just make stuff up:

fp radiant heat

Where are your ankles?

If these boots come up to your ankle, then you have exceptionally long legs, or you’re like the writer for Yahoo! Style who confuses ankles with knees:

bootankle boots

Stick to what you know

If you’re a writer who is unable or unwilling to do a little research for an article, you should probably stick to subjects that you’re intimately familiar with. Like, for instance, if you write for Yahoo! Style, stick to writing about flannel pajamas and Crocs. Don’t attempt to write about a movie — not even briefly:

reese novel style

The writer here just looks ignorant, lazy, or maybe even mentally challenged. Cheryl Strayed’s book was not a novel; it was not a work of fiction, it was a memoir. As for the statement that “their off-screen looks hardly translate to reality”? That reveals another issue about the writer. She has a little problem with logic, because that statement makes no sense. None.

Don’t fall for this

It’s a case of bait and switch over at the Yahoo! front page. The writers promise that you can make this bath tray “in a few quick steps”:

fp bath tray

Looks good, huh? In fact it looks a lot better than the actual tray you’ll create if you follow their instructions:

fp tray diy

Apparently the writers didn’t think it was sexy enough for yahoo.com, so they pulled a little switcheroo. It’s not nice to fool your readers.

Where did you get that idea?

With all the talk about Obamacare in the last many years, you just have to wonder how the brain trust at yahoo.com came up with the notion that this is the correct name for the legislation:

fp affordable health

The official name is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often shortened to the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. The word health is not anywhere in the legislation’s title.

Dead surfer ordained as priest

The Catholic Church has ordained a man weeks after he died in a surfing accident. That’s what it says on the Yahoo! front page, so it must be true:

fp surfer

Ha! That’s what it says, but it’s not the truth. The man died weeks before he was due to be ordained.

The moon is not a comet

I stopped reading this article on Yahoo! Style when I realized the writer had confused the moon with a comet:

probe moon style

The rest of the sentence is her feeble attempt to sound all science-like, but it makes no sense, does it? And after reading that one sentence, I really had no confidence that the writer knew thing one about space, the solar system, or sexism. I stopped reading.

I’ll have ‘Parts of Speech’ for 500, Alex

Is it true that public schools in the U.S. no longer teach grammar and parts of speech? And they haven’t taught those subjects for many years? I don’t know for sure, but that’s my suspicion. I’m practically certain of it when I read something like this on Yahoo! Music:

pronouns music

The writer is referring to on and in, two prepositions. How could they be mistaken for pronouns? It reminds me of the time someone at Yahoo! Sports referred to the word sissies as an adjective. Maybe it’s just sports writers who can’t tell a pronoun from preposition.


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