Would you have spotted the repeated word word here on the Yahoo! front page:
or here here?
I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t read past the first paragraph of this article on Yahoo! Health:
That was all I needed to know that this was not a piece of writing that I could trust. This article was not fact-checked, edited, or even proofread, and yet it was about the critical topic of health. Next time I’m looking for reliable information, I’ll go to WebMD.
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:
OK, so that was ugly. Maybe it was just a fluke. What could possibly be wrong with this?
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:
How many mistakes can you crowd into a single sentence? If you write for yahoo.com, quite a few:
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.
Anyone who is anything but a birdbrain could spot the mistakes in this paragraph from Yahoo! TV’s “Daytime in No Time”:
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.)
Yahoo! Celebrity used to be called omg!, but now we know that it’s a site about celebrities, not about exclamations by tweens. So, you gotta expect you’ll get expert info about celebrities.
Except that you won’t. The writers still can’t spell celeb names:
The couple’s friend is actually Challen Cates.
They also seem to be suffering from Alzheimer’s. They can’t remember that they already told us about October 2010. And they’re not too swift when it comes to basic arithmetic; July 2012 isn’t two years after October 2010:
And did I mention October 2010?