Since writing this caption on Yahoo! omg!, the writer has neglected to proofread it since then:
Find that fisherman and ask him why he thinks oarfish are relevant to earthquakes. Then find the writer of this piece from Yahoo! News and ask him why we should care what one fisherman thinks:
There’s nothing quite as convincing as repeating words. There’s nothing quite as convincing as repeating words.
I’m pretty sure oarfish that are both dead and alive are rare, but thanks for the information:
If I ever come across zombie oarfish, I’ll alert the media.
Imagine having a job where you can make mistakes in front of millions of people and you still collect a paycheck. If you’re a writer looking for a gig where spelling, grammar, and common sense are not required, you could work for Yahoo! Shine.
Really, could you be any worse than the writer who came up with this bit of hooey?
I don’t know what a couple could do “under” a 22-year marriage. They certainly couldn’t sign a prenuptial agreement under a marriage or even during a marriage. A prenup has to be signed before a marriage because that’s what prenuptial means. But you knew that. Maybe you’re overqualified for Shine.
You probably also know that you don’t form the plural of Jenner with an apostrophe, even if it’s followed by an S. And you likely know that there’s no abbreviation a.ka. because that would make NO sense. When you want to abbreviate “also known as” you use aka or AKA or a.k.a. You don’t make up the spelling of celebrity names; you look them up in that new and whacky online resource known as the Web. So, you’d know how to spell Robin Givens. And you wouldn’t bother with the redundant use of a dollar sign and the word dollars:
You know that people are wealthy and agreements are not. Agreements are lucrative:
You wouldn’t make up a name like “the K-Dash line”; you’d go to the QVC site to see that it’s K-DASH by Kardashian. And you’d be aware that the preferred spelling in the U.S. is jewelry:
And since you’re sensitive to the placement of punctuation, you’d put the apostrophe after daughters (because you’re also sensitive to the fact that Ms. Jenner has more than one daughter). You also like to match a verb (like, say, maybe factors) to its subject (oh, maybe self-promotion):
If you pay attention to your spell-checker when it indicates that becaue isn’t a word, you may just be overqualified for Yahoo!:
Anyone reading this article on Yahoo! Shine will be none too pleased with the quality of writing:
Some readers will notice a misspelled Nadja Auermann:
Others will be grateful for the information that Gianni worked with his sister before his death, because after his death he just wasn’t pulling his weight:
Even the most careless of readers will stumble on this repetition repetition:
Lovers of “Saturday Night Live” will be appalled that Horatio Sanz’s name is a bit screwed up:
Anyone who can read the poster behind Nicki Minaj knows more than this writer; they know she’s wearing Versace for H & M:
It’s impossible to explain how the writer came up with this riff on “Sex and the City” — and why she thinks a hyphen is an acceptable substitute for a real dash:
Maybe the writer was feeling a bit edgy when she tried to pound out “The Edge of Glory”:
I don’t imagine there are too many people who would take their eyes off Ms. Bundchen long enough to read about her blunging back:
There’s no two ways about it: This caption on Yahoo! Shine has way too many ways to:
Bring on the typos! Yahoo! Shine always has a few in conspicuous places, like this mismatched subject and verb:
Bring on the “the the”!
Anywhere else, these typos would be easy to overlook. But in headlines or captions, they’re impossible to ignore.
In an article about former astronaut Mae Jemison, the Yahoo! Shine writer manages to misspell her name. But that’s not the only word she has trouble spelling:
Jemison served in the Peace Corps (corp is an abbreviation for corporation). She is an African American (which is spelled — this time — sans hyphen). She was a science mission specialist (which doesn’t require capital letters) on the Endeavour (a spelling that is more common in Great Britain than in the U.S.).
Apparently the writer thinks she knows how to spell the name of the shuttle, because she misspelled it again. I guess we shouldn’t expect her to notice a missing word, or to be consistent about writing African American (this time she’s hyphenated it), or realize that astronaut program isn’t a proper noun:
Perhaps that’s the best she can do. Perhaps she brought all her talents to bear and still produced content that would embarrass the editor of a high school newspaper:
So, she doesn’t know when to use bare and when to use bear. No biggie. A lot of people have that problem (especially if they write for Yahoo!). But couldn’t she see the double will? Couldn’t she try to be consistent? (Now astronaut program is devoid of capitals.) The rest of that paragraph is a real mystery to me. Grammatically speaking, she doesn’t seem able to match a verb (which should be exist) with its subject (which is capabilities). And most house styles would recommend that a number greater than nine be written in numerals. But I quibble.
Should you write “whether or not” or simply “whether”? Which is better? It’s the latter not the former, regardless of what you might read on Yahoo! Shine:
If you’re writing for online reading, you should strive to eliminate every unnecessary, unneeded, optional, needless, nonessential word — including synonyms: