You picked the wrong word

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is sometimes referred to by a shorter name, and it’s not the Roll Hall that you see on the Yahoo! front page:

fp roll hall

Since rock and roll is sometimes shortened to just “rock,” you’d think the writer would know that the hall of fame is sometimes called the Rock Hall of Fame.

This should have been fixed

Mickey Rourke’s bout was fixed? Big deal. You know what really should have been fixed? This typo on Yahoo! Celebrity:

opponen celeb

Maybe you should pick up a dictionary

If you’re unsure of a word, pick up a dictionary. That’s my advice to the writer for Yahoo! Sports who thinks that pickup is a verb. It’s not; it’s a noun or an adjective.

pickup sports

Ten seconds or less

It took ten seconds or less to spot this error on the Yahoo! front page:

fp hours or fewer

This may be a case of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. The writer might think that fewer (rather than less) should be used for countable items. And that’s generally correct, except there are some exceptions: time, money, and distance. In those cases, the correct word is less: $50 or less, 10 feet or less, and 6 hours or less.

Lots of one guest

Just what is the fate of your guest during the holidays? The lots of a guest mentioned on Yahoo! DIY has me wondering:

youre guests diy

Maybe that’s supposed to guests! Yes, that’s the ticket. But now I have to figure out why those folks at Yahoo! said “you are guests.” Are they inviting us all over for a little eggnog?

How old are you?

Reading this, I thought the writer was perhaps a 10-year-old, and not a professional writer for

fp which is when

Since when does “which is when” apply to a medical condition? I guess the writer didn’t know that when applies to time, except when you were in third grade, when you used it liberally to apply to just about anything. Maybe when the writer graduates from high school he or she will think to write:

hypoxia, which is a deficiency of oxygen in the brain

Jingle Ball’s oddity

This is an oddity in the world of professionally written sites:

balls apos style

But at Yahoo! Style it’s not uncommon to see a plural formed with an apostrophe. It’s not uncommon, but it is wrong.

Not a prize winner

The writers for the Yahoo! front page aren’t going to win any prizes for writing with this undercapitalized Nobel Peace Prize:

fp nobel peace

Oh, well, at least they spelled Nobel correctly. This time.

Besieged by misspellings

Sometimes it seems like readers are besieged by misspellings and typos on Yahoo!. And there’s no reason for the kind of mistakes we all find on the Yahoo! front page:

fp seige 2

and Yahoo! News:

seige news

If the writers and editors refuse to use a spell-checker or a dictionary, then maybe they should just stick to easier words, like attack. I don’t think they can mess that up.

Know those lyrics?

Lyrics can be a convenient device for introducing a topic, a blog post, or an article — as long as you get the words right. Screw them up and you’ll look like someone who writes for Yahoo! DIY:

he knows when diy

Those aren’t the lyrics from “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” It should be:

He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake

Your readers will recognize your mistake instantly. And it makes them feel superior to you. So, I guess there’s an upside to making a mistake.


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