Imagine that! A multimillion-dollar house with a layout that was intentional! Planned, even! And here I thought that it was totally accidental. Thanks, yahoo.com, for clarifying that:
Yahoo! writers have a long and colorful history of using incorrect word. But now it seems like it’s spiraling out of control. In this headline on Yahoo! News the writer thinks it’s a spiral on top of the World Trade Center:
It’s not. It’s a spire. Do you think that’s just a typo? A brain fart? Nah. I think the writer actually believes it’s the correct word because there’s another one in the very first sentence of the article:
And even the folks on yahoo.com have been infected with the spiral-for-spire bug:
OK. Here’s the scoop for all you Yahoo! staffers out there: This is a spiral (I borrowed it from Wikipedia):
And this is a spire (also from Wikipedia). It’s at the top of the WTC:
Here’s a headline from Yahoo! News that’s from the Refrigerator Magnetic School of Writing:
It looks as if someone threw a handful of random words on magnets onto the front of the Frigidaire. Perhaps a Yahoo! staffer could have taken a few minutes and written an actual headline, with an actual meaning, before publishing this mess.
I wish Congress would enact a law to make it a felony to use the wrong word on any Web page viewed by more than 3 people. Then maybe I could exact revenge on the people at yahoo.com responsible for this:
If the writers consulted the American Heritage Dictionary, they learn that enact means “to make into law; to act (something) out, as on a stage.” Exact means “to inflict (vengeance or punishment, for example).”
The folks at Yahoo! seemed a little confused yesterday when they announced income numbers for 2015. Lest you think that the error is just the result of a yahoo.com writer going rogue, there’s additional evidence on Yahoo! Movies that Yahoo!ers have no idea what year it is:
Stuck in traffic? Got a microwave oven handy? And some water, peanuts, Cup Noodles, and raisins? And maybe a spoon? Then you can make a snack, according to Yahoo! News:
OK, so maybe not. The writer obviously did not read the article that this teaser refers to. The article is about food you can get at a gas station mini-mart — not food you prepare in your car when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic.