Everyone on the planet has heard of Kim Kardashian — everyone except the writer for yahoo.com:
I suppose this could be a simple typo, since the I key is right next to the A key. Never mind.
Here are two reasons I’d never believe anything I read on Yahoo! Travel. The first is something every American should know:
The Statue of Liberty never struck a pose on Ellis Island. She first appeared on Bedloe’s Island, which was later renamed Liberty Island, where she remains.
That normally would be enough for me to threaten to poke out my eyes with a number 2 pencil. But, I continued reading the article, which is purportedly about American models of the past. So, how did the writer screw up Peggy Moffitt’s name so badly — every freakin’ time she mentioned her?
Here’s what I think: The writer is so damned sure of her superior knowledge that she didn’t bother to look up any facts. And without an editor to do a little fact-checking, you get an article like this.
What does it take to be a writer for Yahoo! Travel? Not much, if this article is any indication.
You don’t need to know how to spell. You can commit the absolute worst misspelling of hors d’oeuvres in the entire universe and still be employed:
And you don’t need to know anything about punctuation. Just throw some commas around as if L’Espalier were the only restaurant on Boylston Street, and hope that nobody realizes that you didn’t tell them where Boylston Street is. (It’s in Boston.)
Should you know that they’re the Great Smoky Mountains? Not necessarily:
Do you need to know that a hyphen is required in the compound adjective 4,200-acre? Nope:
Should you know how to spell Tom Colicchio? Nah.
What does it take to write for Yahoo!?
Oh, sweet Jesus. What happened to the writer for Yahoo! Beauty? Did she get caught up in the whole “never end a sentence with a preposition” myth? Is that the cause for this tortured and twisted statement?
Not that she couldn’t have written it without ending with a preposition: …sweet to reach for after dinner. Maybe she was trying to avoid two prepositions together. That might be a grammar myth I’ve never heard of.
Sigh. What can you expect from a writer who has interviewed Patricia Bannan and can’t get her name right here:
That kinda puts the kibosh on the credibility of the whole article, doesn’t it?