Not much fazes me when I’m reading Yahoo! Celebrity. I generally remain unfazed by the writers’ many mistakes, even this one:
Any capitol would need high ceilings to accommodate a little NBA action.
The nation’s capitol is the United States Capitol. It’s a building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., which is the nation’s capital. The capital is far more likely to be the site of an NBA game, and not the building that’s alleged on Yahoo! Sports.
Do you have two favorite snacks that go well together? You know, like they’re complementary? I’m thinking crackers and cheese. Ruffles and Lipton Onion Soup dip. Hummus and pita. Those are my favorite complementary snacks. I wonder if that’s what the Yahoo! Travel writer meant:
Do you think you have to pay for the snacks — or are they complimentary?
I’m sorry to say it, but it’s hard to believe that this article from Yahoo! Shine was produced by a professional writer. Heck, it’s hard to believe it was written by a middle school graduate.
There are a few minor problems, like needlessly capitalizing a word. “Sorry” doesn’t get a capital letter unless it’s at the start of a sentence or you’re writing about the board game:
This is a sorry attempt at making a possessive out of women:
(To form the possessive of a plural noun not ending in S, just add an apostrophe and S: women’s, men’s, children’s.)
Things get a little sorrier with an error-filled paragraph, which includes a subject-verb mismatch (the subject study takes the verb has identified):
A “verbal tick” sounds like a talking, bloodsucking arachnid. If the writer meant an idiosyncratic and habitual behavior, that would be a tic. Then there’s the issue of the pronoun they, which has no antecedent. Just who is they? The rest of the sentence is just a mess. If you’re still reading that article at this point, I feel sorry for you.
This little paragraph from Yahoo! Movies brought back childhood memories for me:
I remember when there were no spell checkers. It was a time when we had to proofread our own writing. I remember, too, a tennis court where we would play tennis. I remember a basketball court where we would play basketball. But I don’t recall a foot court. What would you play there? Footsie? And I remember that when I was given free rein I was allowed to play without restraint.
From the “I Already Knew That” department of redundancy comes this headline on Yahoo! News:
It’s pretty safe to say that if someone created a slide it was a DIY (do-it-yourself) slide. But, thanks for the info.
I’d like to say that the article is a bit of an improvement over the headline, but I can’t. I’m familiar with the idiom “to the tune of,” but have never seen or heard it used to describe an approximate length. But what do I know? I’ll tell you what I know: I know that a luge is a sled or the sport involving a sled. It is not a water slide as this writer alleges:
I also know the builder of the water slide tried to keep his costs low. And he did it by using wooden pallets:
He did not use palettes. This is a palette:
What he used were pallets, which look something like this: