Everything from the headlines to the teasers to the links has been proofread on yahoo.com:
Just kidding. Clearly that sentence, with its mismatched subject and verb, escaped the eyes of the proofreaders and editors.
Sometimes, when I read something on Yahoo! Celebrity, I can’t help wondering if the writer is familiar with basic English idioms, like this:
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:
and the missing apostrophe in what should be Kardashians’:
and at least one word too many here:
Can you overlook errors like these?
Here’s an unusual mistake on the Yahoo! front page:
It’s unusual because everyone I know would use the reflexive pronoun herself in that sentence: She took a photo of herself. Most people have no idea why the reflexive is correct; they just know when to use it.
The reflexive pronouns all end in self or selves: myself, yourself, herself, ourselves and so on. You use it when someone does something to himself or herself (see what I did there?).
The only other time I’ve seen a non-reflexive pronoun used instead of the correct reflexive pronoun has been on … Wait for it… The Yahoo! front page:
I wonder if the same person wrote both those sentences. And I wonder if that person’s native language is English. I’m guessin’ it isn’t.
When Mitt Romney claimed during his bid for the presidency that “corporations are people, too,” he was met with derision. But he may have been right, if you believe what you read on the Yahoo! front page:
The pronoun who is reserved for human beings. Is yahoo.com alleging that companies are people? Or did the writer fail to realize that the correct pronoun is that?
Is there anyone in the English-speaking world (besides the writer for Yahoo! TV) who thinks this is correct?
I have no explanation for why the writer would think he is correct, unless the writer is a fourth-grade dropout. Anyhoo, the correct phrase would be “his and his wife’s decision,” which is a bit awkward. I’d probably suggest a rewrite: the decision he and his wife made…
How many errors have there been on Yahoo! News? Hundreds? Thousands? I don’t really know and I don’t think there is anyone to tell the tale of homophonic errors, like this one:
Is this correct? It depends on whom you ask. A Yahoo! writer and editor would think that who is the correct pronoun and have their been is really cool:
Well, there have been many, many errors on Yahoo! News. And these are just a few more.