Drinking on the job?

It looks like someone at yahoo.com has been sipping on the Thanksgiving sherry while on the job:

fp thankgiving

From a complete nonsense of a non-sentence (a verb in there would be helpful and comparing Hannah and Charlie Brown to unforgettable feasts defies logic) to misspelling Thanksgiving, this has all the hallmarks of the work of an imbibing scribbler.

Time to end thanksgiving tukey

We should all be thankful that it will be another year before we can expect to see a lowercase Thanksgiving from Yahoo! DIY:

thanksgiving wreath diy

and a misspelled turkey:

tukey diy

Pilgrim’s progress

We certainly haven’t seen a lot of progress in the writing on the Yahoo! front page. The writers still have problems with hitting the Shift key when they encounter a proper noun:

fp pilgrims lc

The people who celebrated the first Thanksgiving were the Pilgrims, with a capital P.

I’d say you’re half an oxymoron

Maybe the editor in chief of Yahoo! Style thinks this is an oxymoron, but the rest of the world thinks that just half of the word applies:

oxymoron 1

An oxymoron is a “rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist” (American Heritage Dictionary).

Oh! Naturel!

Oh, those wacky writers at the Yahoo! front page! There they go again trying to sound all sophisticated with their attempts at French:

fp au natural

The expression is au naturel; it’s an adjective and it means “in a natural state.” Just because natural is part of its definition, don’t assume it’s part of its spelling.

Possible error keeps readers on high alert

Readers don’t have to be on high alert to find the grammatical errors on Yahoo! Celebrity. They’re right in front of their eyes:

keep celeb

This is either horrible or laughable

Here’s one of the mistakes you’ll find on yahoo.com that makes you want to laugh or cry:

fp either is

It’s so sad to think that there are adults out there, making a living as professional writers, who have not mastered the use of the correlative conjunction either…or.

This is not rocket surgery, people. The conjunction must join parallel elements, which means they must be the same parts of speech. To check if you’ve got parallel elements, read the sentence up to the or (omitting the either).

The defense secretary’s departure is a strategic play by the White House

Then read the sentence from the start of the sentence up to either and tack on the words after the or:

The defense secretary’s departure is he is being used as a scapegoat.

Sounds stupid, no? That’s because the either…or is joining a noun phrase (a strategic play by the White House) and a complete clause (he is being used as a scapegoat). Here’s one way to rewrite that sentence so that the conjunction joins two independent clauses:

Either the defense secretary’s departure is a strategic play by the White House, or he is being used as a scapegoat.

Wondering how you keep your job

This is what I’m wondering: How the heck did this writer get a job with Yahoo! Style? Clearly this guy has a limited grasp of English:

wondering for more

It’s not the use of a comma instead of an em-dash or a semicolon, which is what should be used to join two independent clauses. It’s the whole “wondering for more” that has me wondering if English is his first language. And makes me wonder why there’s no editor to clean up his dribblings before they’re posted.

Painting with Japanese food

I love tempura, but I’ve never painted with it. But that’s what the genius writer at Yahoo! DIY recommends:

tempura paint diy

I’m trying to imagine taking this tempura and dipping it in a soy-ginger sauce and smearing it on canvas:


And if I needed a little green for my painting, I’d dip the shrimp in a little wasabi sauce! Yum! And if I run out of tempura, I could use this paint:

tempera paint

Daryl Dixon and a Ziploc bag

If you mean Daryl Dixon, the character from “The Walking Dead,” and Ziploc, the trademarked plastic zipper storage bag, then learn to spell them correctly. If you don’t, you’ll wind up looking like a graduate of the Yahoo School of Journalism:

fp ziplock


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