The people responsible for the writing on the Yahoo! front page seem to be part of a media culture that often ruins the language:
It happens when the writer can’t match the subject (like, oh, say, maybe culture) and its verb (like ruins).
Neither the Yahoo! Style writer nor the editor appears to know basic grammar:
When two subjects are joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. So, it should be “neither Richie’s children nor her husband appears” but “neither Richie’s husband nor her children appear.”
Dear writer for Yahoo! Celebrity,
You are sooo right. There is very little that you and I and Prince have in common. For instance, I can write in grammatically correct English. I don’t know about Prince, but I do know you can’t (or maybe you just choose not to).
I know to use I (and not me) as the subject of a verb. I know that you can’t use neither to refer to more than two people and none is the correct word.
You are sooo right. We have very little in common. And for that I’m thankful.
It takes a village of Yahoo! Style editors to make this many mistakes in a single paragraph:
Wouldn’t you think that one of these “editors” would know that the correct verb is look, so it agrees with the plural subject? Wouldn’t you think that one of them would say, “Hey, did anyone check the spelling of these names?” No, they obviously didn’t. If they had, they might have spelled Haider Ackermann and Phoebe Philo correctly. (These are supposed to be style editors, and they misspell two out of three designer names?)
Did anyone think to verify the title of the movies? No, of course not. They trusted their memory instead of Google. The movies are “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Sometimes it takes a village of editors. Sometimes it takes the village idiots.
If I were lucky enough to be an editor in chief, you can bet I wouldn’t be making the same mistakes made by the head of Yahoo! DIY:
Anyone wondering why the writing on DIY is so amateurish should consider that this little paragraph was written by the editor in chief of the website. If she doesn’t care about the quality of her own writing, why would she care about the quality of the musings of others?
Just in case someone from Yahoo! DIY is reading this, here’s the scoop: You should use the subjunctive mood for statements that are not factual; hence, were (not was) is the correct verb. In English, we capitalize the pronoun I. And finally, if you’re not asking a question, don’t conclude a sentence with a question mark.
Everyone needs an editor. Even an editor in chief.