And I thought it was totally accidental

Imagine that! A multimillion-dollar house with a layout that was intentional! Planned, even! And here I thought that it was totally accidental. Thanks,, for clarifying that:

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Spiraling out of control

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:

spiral news 1

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:

spiral news 2

And even the folks on have been infected with the spiral-for-spire bug:

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OK. Here’s the scoop for all you Yahoo! staffers out there: This is a spiral (I borrowed it from Wikipedia):

spiral wiki

And this is a spire (also from Wikipedia). It’s at the top of the WTC:

spire wiki

File this under ‘Very Odd News’

Yahoo! News’ “Odd News” is indeed odd. Extremely odd. Here’s a story about speed dating, but it looks like Steven Spielberg is going around with a triceratops:

pic spielberg

Maybe that’s just a gal wearing a dinosaur-shaped bag on her head. That’s impressive!

That makes no sense

I sense a homophonic error on Yahoo! TV. Could it be that the writer really doesn’t know the difference between a sensor and a person who bleeps out sweary words?

sensors tv

Yup.  I swear that’s the most fucked-up (strike-through courtesy of TW censors) mistake I’ve seen today.

Do I repeat myself? Do I repeat myself?

What are the chances that this paragraph was proofread by someone at Yahoo! TV? What are the chances that this paragraph was proofread by someone at Yahoo! TV? What are the chances that this paragraph was proofread by someone at Yahoo! TV?

repeat tv

headline meaningless words

Here’s a headline from Yahoo! News that’s from the Refrigerator Magnetic School of Writing:

kfc lc news

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.

That must have been one gigantic insect

What does a gigantic insect do after scoring a goal in the World Cup? It lands on James Rodriguez:

insect scoring sports

Thanks to Yahoo! Sports for reporting the scoring insect!

Not enactly the right word

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 responsible for this:

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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).”

They really do think it’s 2015

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 writer going rogue, there’s additional evidence on Yahoo! Movies that Yahoo!ers have no idea what year it is:

next summer 2016 movies

Does your car have a microwave oven?

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:

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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.


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