Sometimes I just have to say it

Sometimes I just have to say it: This is idiotic. This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read on a supposed news site:

tank in texas

As if I needed more evidence that Yahoo! is outsourcing writing of Yahoo! News to non-English-speaking countries, we have this. The writer obviously thinks a tank is the same thing as a tanker. This is a tank (courtesy of Wikipedia):

tank

The vessel in the Yahoo! News picture is a tanker. It is a ship. It holds oil. It travels in the ocean. It could not disappear in Texas since Texas is not an ocean.

The tanker disappeared off the coast of Texas.

Right below Yu Darvish’s what?

Yahoo! Sports suggests that Yu Darvish and his inflamed right below shouldn’t pitch again this season. That’s just wrong:

right below sports

That’s a typo that even a spell-checker (should Yahoo!’s writers deign to use one) wouldn’t catch. Of course, it’s his right elbow that’s left us wondering how a proofreader missed that.

Do waffle shoes have a soul?

Sometimes reading Yahoo! News is like trying to untangle every spaghetti strand in a bowl of pasta. Words seem to be strewn about in a totally random fashion, and if you are able to put them in the correct order you’ll like find a homophonic error:

waffle soul news

I was able to rearrange those three words into “waffle soul shoe,” but I think it should be “waffle sole shoe.” As for the rest of the sentence? I’m totally clueless.

Ivanka Trump’s late-night studying?

Was Ivanka Trump cramming for an exam, or is this just another case of typing gone wild on Yahoo! Celebrity?

instacram omg

Kelly Rowland expecting a hermaphrodite?

Yahoo! Celebrity reveals that Kelly Rowland is expecting a hermaphrodite:

baby genders omg

While many pregnant women know their baby’s gender, she’s the first I’ve heard of who knows her baby genders.

Santa Clause robots and other errors

Oy vey! Did I really read this on what is purported to be a news site? Here’s the latest guffaw-inducing sentence from Yahoo! News:

westjet news

How does one person make so many mistakes in so few words? Can we start with WestJet? The airline uses what is called camel case: A capital letter somewhere between the first and last letters. Then there’s the whole “automated robots” lie. There were no robots, automated or not. There was a live human being dressed as Santa Claus (without an E) who showed up on a large monitor. And if an airport actually departed, I don’t know where it would go or how it would get there. The incident in question happened at departure gates, not departing airports.

This is what passes as news at Yahoo!, written by Yahoo! staffers and edited by no one (I presume).

Pierce Brosnan’s agent is in the pink of health

In his latest movie, Pierce Brosnan plays an agent in the pink of health. We have Yahoo! Movies to thank for this news of the rougish character:

rougish movies

Silly me. I thought he played a rogue in that film.

Were you around the bend when you wrote that?

Some day, perhaps in the next millennium, Yahoo! will hire writers who are familiar with English and common idioms in English. Until that time, writers like this one for Yahoo! Celebrity will continue to leave us pointing and laughing:

bend omg

The idiom around the bend means crazy or insane. It does not mean around the corner.

8-year-old becomes youngest man alive

How did an 8-year-old become the youngest man alive? By appearing in a headline on Yahoo! Shine:

8-yr-old man shine

That don’t look right. Somebody made a boo-boo: Either the 8-year-old was a boy or there’s a digit missing in the man’s age.

Jay Z gets a little more and Justin Bieber gets off a bus

Yahoo! Music is just full of breaking news. It starts with rapper Jay Z, who removed the hyphen from his name a year ago. But if we are to believe the music experts at Yahoo!, he’s put it back in:

jay-z music hp

And in other music news, Justin Bieber gets off a bus:

debus music hp

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