I wonder what Shakira fans think of this

Would Shakira’s fans be “miffed” or “riled” by this gaffe on the Yahoo! front page?

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Frankie Valli falls a little short

Frankie Valli is not a giant physically; he’s only about 5′ 5″. But the folks at the Yahoo! front page make him (OK, just his name) a little shorter:

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What’s still going on at Yahoo?

Yesterday I did something I seldom do; I published a blog post with multiple boo-boos from the Yahoo! front page. Usually I just cover one, but the errors on yahoo.com were so numerous, that I lumped them all in a single post.

Did I just write “all”? That’s not quite accurate, because after that post went live, the hits misses just kept on comin’. Like this attempt at trying to spell Sprinkler:

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And this pathetic try at Steve Carell’s name:

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This looks to be an attempt at saying “Johnny Manziel owes his appeal to” or “Johnny Manziel’s appeal is due to”:

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Oh, lordie. This so-called headline contains redundant quotation marks. Don’t use quotation marks if you’re using so-called because they mean the same thing:

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I’m no chemist (in fact, chemistry was my weakest subject in college), but I know something about logic. Here’s the scoop: If everything in the world is made up of chemicals, you really don’t need to tell us that “not all are toxic” because it’s unlikely there would still be a human being alive if everything were toxic:

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That explains a lot

If you’ve wondered how the many egregious mistakes made by Yahoo!’s writers can go uncorrected, consider these excerpts from an article written by Yahoo! Shine’s senior fashion and beauty editor.

You’d expect that a senior fashion and beauty editor could spell the name of designer Monique Lhuillier, wouldn’t you? But she gets it wrong here

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and here:

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Designer Galia Lahav doesn’t fare much better:

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Finally (although I can’t say for certain that this is the last error in the article), there’s this embarrassing homophonic error:

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A palate is the roof of a mouth; a palette is the board artists use to hold and mix paints, or a range of colors.

If a senior editor is a careless writer who can’t be bothered to proofread and confuses common homophones, is it any wonder that writing on Yahoo! is so amateurish?

And then I stopped reading. Again

When a writer can’t be bothered to spell-check an article and makes this many mistakes in the first paragraph, I stop reading. Not surprisingly, the article was on Yahoo! Shine:

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The director is Chris McKay and the misspelled words are sequel and addressed.

Was it a different actor?

Who was that actor mentioned on yahoo.com who sang with Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel?

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Why didn’t you put in that letter?

Why, oh why, didn’t the writer for the Yahoo! front page put in the letter I in Vladimir Putin’s name?

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Just don’t use it, part deux

Last week I urged the writers at Yahoo! to just give up on the apostrophe. They have no idea when to use it, and their sad attempts at punctuation just make them look like amateurs. Well, I’m here to urge at least one writer for yahoo.com to give the hyphen the boot. Someone has no idea when to use it, sprinkling it willy-nilly about, as if it were rice at a wedding:

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The common mistake (common throughout Yahoo!, that is) of putting a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word it modifies is almost forgivable (almost, but not completely). What’s unforgivable is throwing that horizon character in someone’s name, especially someone as well-known as Clarissa Dickson Wright. Why on God’s green earth would anyone arbitrarily hyphenate someone’s name?

What’s Reese Witherspoon adding to her resumé?

The folks at Yahoo! Shine think that we’ll never guess what Reese Witherspoon is adding to her resumé. I think it might be a new name:

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Don’t you work for the same company?

If this happened on any other website, I’d say that the writer (and editor, if there is one) would be shamefaced. for this error, but this happened on the Yahoo! front page and it’s unlikely anyone working there cares:

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What’s the big deal with misspelling Dan Wetzel’s name? Mr. Wetzel is a columnist for Yahoo! Sports.

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