Not to knock your writing, but…

Not to knock Yahoo! Style, but I think the quality of its content would be greatly improved if it were written by people actually familiar with English:

knock against style

Maybe if they employed college graduates familiar with common idioms and with using Google to check the spelling of characters (like, say, Maleficent), the writing wouldn’t be so amateurish. And if their writers knew that one of five “women” is actually a one-year-old baby, another is a doll, and another is a Lego figure, the word choices might be also be a bit more accurate.

I guess I really was knocking Yahoo! Style.

This writing could repel readers

Using the wrong word could repel your readers. It’s a lesson that’s lost on the writer at Yahoo! Style:

repelling style

Reading something like that makes me want to climb the walls. And then rappel down.

This is not funny

This is the entire introduction on Yahoo! Style to a video about New York Comic Con:

comicon style

Imagine you have one sentence to write and you can’t even bother to spell the subject of the sentence correctly? Imagine how dumb you look.

Homemade errors

Pssst. I think this is supposed to be a secret. It looks like Yahoo! has quietly launched a new property called Yahoo! DIY. I wonder why the Internet giant hasn’t announced it on yahoo.com. Maybe the company is waiting until it gets the wrinkles out. Lordie knows this could use a little more time in the editing cycle:

home made diy

People writing for a site called DIY (for “do it yourself”) should know how to spell homemade. I guess this spelling is just one way the writers are clinging to the Yahoo! tradition of avoiding the dictionary. The headline also pays homage to another Yahoo! tradition with its inaccuracy. The “costumes” are actual one costume. One.

It looks like Yahoo! DIY will be a great source of future blog posts for Terribly Write.

There’s no earthly reason for that

It was just a few days ago that I urged the writing staff at Yahoo! to avoid all words derived from French, because even if they spell the word correctly (which is unlikely), they use it incorrectly (which is likely). So, here we have on the Yahoo! front page a misspelled word from French:

fp earthly

The expression is au naturel, which means in a natural state. But there’s no earthly reason to use that expression; natural works just fine. Oh, and the use of earthly here? I don’t know what it means in this context. It generally is used to mean of this earth or not heavenly. But I like another meaning: conceivable or possible.

Heath rather not

It’s not nice to mess with another person’s health concerns. But try telling that to the writers at the Yahoo! front page:

fp heath

How much is a pavillion?

What’s a pavillion? Is it more than a gazillion? No, it’s a misspelling (imagine!) on Yahoo! Music and it’s followed by a typo as the tour of mistakes continues:

pavillion music

That’s supposed to be “LC Pavilion” and “as the Yahoo… continues!” But you knew that.

Not even trying

Ah, geez. This writer came up with one stinking little paragraph and she can’t even get the name of the product right? She’s not even trying:

fendi peekaboo

The bag is called the Peekaboo — without any of those hyphens. It’s downright (notice it’s one word?) crazy that the writer would insert them. I can forgive her for referring to an object as she, although it strikes me as both amateurish and juvenile. But then she tries to construct a sentence that is pure nonsense and seems to think navy is a synonym for midnight blue. It isn’t and the claim that “her navy is also .. midnight blue” just makes no sense.

A Nobel Prize winner deserves better

Apparently there’s no way to check the spelling of a Nobel Peace Prize winner’s name. So, the writer for yahoo.com came up with this version of Malala Yousafzai:

fp malala

That’s not the only misspelling at Yahoo!. Here’s another on Yahoo! News:

malala new

Better to write nonsense than to write nothing at all

This is it. This is all the writer for Yahoo! Style had to say about an auction, and look at how many mistakes she managed to make saying it:

willie nelson hair style

Since the auction was from Waylon Jennings’ estate, don’t you think she could take 15 seconds and confirm his real name? No matter. Better to write the wrong name than take the time to find the right name. Then there’s the claim that this isn’t the first time hair went for record prices. Prices? Did Mr. Nelson’s hair sell for more than one price? Or is the writer just really careless with her words?

Of course, no article from Yahoo! Style is complete without at least one factual error. First she claims that $37,000 was a record price for hair, and then she tells us that Justin Bieber’s hair sold for over $41,000. I guess it’s better to make a ridiculous, obviously erroneous claim than to state the facts.

Ellen DeGeneres’ name isn’t a mangled as it could be and a animal could charitably called a typo. But the sum of these errors is clear: Here’s someone who writes without regard for accuracy.  Maybe it’s better to write badly and be paid than to not write at all?

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 775 other followers

%d bloggers like this: