Because a joint interview separately is just silly

I am indebted to Yahoo! Celebrity for explaining that two people had a joint interview together. I guess doing a joint interview separately would present a logistical challenge:

joint together omg

Do I repeat myself? Do I repeat myself?

What are the chances that this paragraph was proofread by someone at Yahoo! TV? What are the chances that this paragraph was proofread by someone at Yahoo! TV? What are the chances that this paragraph was proofread by someone at Yahoo! TV?

repeat tv

A shoo-in for Worst Travel Writing of the Day

What makes this article on Yahoo! Travel a candidate for Worst Travel Writing of the Day? It could be this paragraph, which starts out with a non-sentence and then gets a tad repetitive:

shoe in travel 1

OK, so that was ugly. Maybe it was just a fluke. What could possibly be wrong with this?

shoe in travel 2

Well, in the first place, the Capital Wheel is not in Washington.  It’s in Maryland. That’s kinda a giant embarrassment. A lesser mistake is referring to the U.S. Capital (the capital of the U.S. is Washington, DC) when the writer meant the building, which is the Capitol.

Finally, the error that made this article a shoo-in for the Worst Travel Writing of the Day trophy:

shoe in travel 3

We don’t need no stinkin’ proofreading

Proofreading? That’s for wussies. The folks at Yahoo! TV don’t believe in it and I have the evidence to prove it:

50 cent tv

So few words, so many mistakes

How many mistakes can you crowd into a single sentence? If you write for yahoo.com, quite a few:

fp crisis

I can’t understand why the writer abbreviated secretary and capitalized the abbreviation and the word state. According to the Associated Press style (which Yahoo! claims to follow), the title secretary of state should never be abbreviated and is capitalized only when it precedes a name. Maybe the writer was trying to conserve space so that there was room to repeat of the crisis.

The real birdbrain

Anyone who is anything but a birdbrain could spot the mistakes in this paragraph from Yahoo! TV’s “Daytime in No Time”:

birdbrained tv

How the heck do you not see the redundancy? And how the heck do you knock over a bowling ball? Doesn’t it just roll? (The bird actually used a small ball to knock over miniature bowling pins. But I quibble.)

Blogger says claims too many words

UPDATE: On rereading this, I believe I was mistaken. It is not a case of an extraneous word, but a case of what looks like two verbs when it’s really a case of one verb (says) and a noun (claims). I wouldn’t have been so confuddled if this were: …Putin says that claims…

I think there’s at least one word too many on the Yahoo! front page:

fp says claims

Devaluing your words

There’s a place for repetition and redundancy in writing. It can help you emphasize an important fact. It can help remind your readers of something of value. But redundancy can also frustrate your readers and leave them with the impression that you’re a careless writer or worse. In the case on the Yahoo! front page, the redundancy makes the writer look a little vocabulary-challenged:

fp devalue

Since devalue means “to lessen or cancel the value of” (American Heritage Dictionary), “devalue the worth of” means “lessen the value of the worth of.” A tad redundant or maybe just nonsensical.

I prefer the optional essentials

From the Department of Redundancy Department, which is located just down the hall from Yahoo! Shine offices, we learn about must-have essentials that are probably also mandatory, required necessities:

must-have essentials shine

Redundant and repetitive writing

Quick! Someone hand the writer for yahoo.com a dictionary and show that person how to use it. You could start by looking up the definition of well-heeled:

fp rich

I have no clue what the writer thinks it means, but well-heeled means wealthy, prosperous, or rich.

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