You really meant firery, didn’t you?

I was willing to call it a typo. Obviously the writer for Yahoo! DIY knew how to spell fiery. She was just a little clumsy when typing out the headline:

firery diy

Then I noticed that she didn’t know that the thing over a fireplace was a mantel. Then I noticed a repeated firery. This time it had to be intentional. She really thinks that’s a word! Just like she really thinks that an ellipsis is made up of six periods, and not the customary three.

Get used to it!

Good grammar used to be standard from professional writers. Nowadays, though, you’ll find professional scribes with little or no background or education in English. So, you get the kind of mistakes that are common on Yahoo! DIY:

use to be diy

Here’s an excerpt on the use of use to from the American Heritage Dictionary:

The verb use is used in the past tense with an infinitive to indicate a past condition or habitual practice: We used to live in that house. Because the -d in used has merged with the t of to and is not pronounced in these constructions, people sometimes mistakenly leave it out when writing.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom. Halloween edition

One of these spellings on the Yahoo! front page is probably right. Which one? I don’t know. But I do know that if you can’t be right, at least be consistent: Pick one spelling and go with it. Oh, and let the other person also writing on know what you’ve decided.

fp hall-oween

More trick than treat

I have no idea what this means. But it’s on Yahoo! Style so it’s not surprising that a headline makes no sense:

katy perry wins

Maybe it’s just one more trick played on readers by Yahoo! staffers.

Whether you’re a writing pro…

… or you’re an amateur blogger, you don’t want to look like this grammatically impaired writer for Yahoo! DIY:

your a diy pro

Learn to read first, then write

There seems to be a basic tenet of writing that’s missing at the Yahoo! front page: Learn to read, and then learn to write about what you’ve read. So, here’s the result when a writer can’t read and summarize an article that’s been written at an eighth grade level:

fp 321

So, Mr. Abbamonte has been to all the nations in the U.N. and is planning on visiting 321 more? Considering there’s only 324 countries and regions in the world, that’s quite a feat.

Here’s what the article says:

fp 321 2

Behind the curve, no-holds-barred writing

Oh, lordie. Where does the management at Yahoo! Style find these writers? Do they bother to verify if writers can speak and write in English? Do they check to see if they’re familiar with common idioms? Do they bother to edit their writing? No and no and no. That would be my guess after reading this:

curve ball

The expressions are “behind the curve” and “no holds barred.” This writer is way behind the curve when it comes to writing.

One shopper, many bodies?

Can one person have more than one body? And can a department store survive with only one shopper? These are the questions that have plagued me since reading this on Yahoo! Style:

shoppers style

‘Tis true: ‘Tis not ’tis

If you know that ’tis is a contraction of it is, then you understand the need for the apostrophe. If you have no idea what ’tis means, you’ll omit the apostrophe, like the writer for Yahoo! Style did:

tis women style

If you’re a grown woman, you should appreciate the utility of the apostrophe. You should also appreciate the difference between woman and women.

Still holding your breath?

Take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. Stay calm, this misspelling on Yahoo! DIY may pass:

breath diy


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