Do you think the writer is being investigated for dropping a word on the home page of Yahoo! Sports?
OK, how would you know if Daniel Radcliffe was the only star “to go incognito”? If someone is incognito, how can you tell they are a celebrity or not? It makes no sense. But here it is on the Yahoo! front page:
That allegation makes no sense because the writer left out one teensy word: not. Mr. Radcliffe was not the only star in a costume. How do I know? Because I can read. And the headline for the accompanying article is:
A couple of letters are missing from the Yahoo! front page — O and F:
Yes, the idiom is couple of, not couple, at least according to the American Heritage Dictionary:
The of in the phrase a couple of is often dropped in speech, but this omission is usually considered a mistake. In 2013, 80 percent of the Usage Panel found the sentence A couple friends came over to watch the game to be unacceptable.
Geez. We know that the writers and editors at Yahoo! have trouble proofreading, by which I mean they do not proofread. So, you’d think that the Internet giant would at least provide them with a spell-checker. At least one error on Yahoo! Music could be eliminated:
A spell-checker would have spit out troibled, but wouldn’t have identified the missing words. That’s for the reader to provide.
When they’re not erroneously claiming that Secretary of State John Kerry was once the governor of Massachusetts (or Massachussetts as they would have it), the folks at Yahoo! News place the entire country of Afghanistan on his shoulders:
That’s quite a heavy load for a 70-year-old.
How the heck did Eminem’s daughter do that? In October she was a high school homecoming queen, and now she’s a college graduate?
The answer is pretty simple: This appeared on yahoo.com, a site not known for accurately reproducing facts. It was right under the writer’s nose. Assuming the writer doesn’t have a schnoz like Cyrano de Bergerac, it should have been easy to see that the girl didn’t graduate from college. (And I meant graduate from college, not graduate college.)
Here’s something on yahoo.com that had me scratching my head and dusting the dandruff off my keyboard:
I just don’t see how losing some pounds can pay for a baseball player. It might pay off for a minor league player. And how does someone make the Major League after 12 years of baseball? Did he start playing when he was 20? Oh, right. That’s wrong. He spent 12 years in minor league baseball. That’s something completely different.
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.
Is there something weird happening at yahoo.com? Has management fired all the English-speaking writers and outsourced the writing to Mumbai or Beijing? Every day there are errors on the page, but the last few days have seen a truckload more.
I don’t think a dog could wander away from a camping trip. She might wander away from a camp site. She might wander away during or while on a camping trip. But how do you wander away from a trip?
Where is there? Since there is no mention of a country, you are free to supply your own interpretation. I’m voting for Djibouti:
Any real American would know that the venue is Radio City Music Hall:
Since World Cup is mentioned in about a gazillion places on Yahoo!, it’s hard to imagine that the writer thought this was correct:
Really? How can anyone know what is on most criminals’ wish lists? Did someone take a poll of all arsonists, rapists, burglars, kidnappers, forgers, and— oh, I almost forgot— car thieves? So, what’s the truth? The Escape is the most-stolen car of all crossovers and SUVs. It’s not even the most stolen car in the U.S. And nobody knows what’s on most criminals’ wish lists.
You still with me? I’ve got just one more (for now): A claim that you can learn in a 25-second video. You might learn from a 25-second video. You might view, watch, or follow along with a 25-second video. You might learn in 25 seconds. But learning in a video? Not so much.