OK, so maybe it’s not so sneaky. Maybe it’s right in front of your nose and the nose of all the people at Yahoo! front page who should be proofreading before publishing:
This might be a decent article from Yahoo! Style — if it weren’t for the errors. The writer could make the age decent with a couple of hyphens: 20-year-old. (Omitting a hyphen from an age is one of the top three hyphen errors you’ll see on Yahoo!.) The paragraph might be decent if the writer appreciated the difference between decent and descent — and if the writer told us how polite the subject is:
It must be hard for some people to keep information in their heads. Some people can write a paragraph and just can’t remember what they wrote minutes later. Take this excerpt from Yahoo! Style:
We can’t expect a writer to remember that there’s no hyphen in nonprofit. Nor that there’s no “the Barbados.” Nor that amongst is considered a pretentious variation of among to American ears. But she might remember that she wrote about a foundation created in honor of Rihanna’s grandmother.
Dang! If you hadn’t told us this, I would have believed that the foundation was in honor of her grandmother:
See? She forgot what she wrote in the preceding paragraph. That’s maybe too much info for anyone to recall.
Perhaps next time she pounds out an article for which she is paid real money to write, she’ll remember that a peak is a top and a peek is a quick look:
Not to knock Yahoo! Style, but I think the quality of its content would be greatly improved if it were written by people actually familiar with English:
Maybe if they employed college graduates familiar with common idioms and with using Google to check the spelling of characters (like, say, Maleficent), the writing wouldn’t be so amateurish. And if their writers knew that one of five “women” is actually a one-year-old baby, another is a doll, and another is a Lego figure, the word choices might be also be a bit more accurate.
I guess I really was knocking Yahoo! Style.
If this was meant to honor Stevie Nicks and I were the singer, I’d say “no thanks, Yahoo! Style.”
I’m not impressed by a writer who doesn’t know how to hyphenate 66-year-old. Who doesn’t care about repeated words. And who is too lazy to look up the actual name of Ms. Nicks’ song. (It’s “Rhiannon.”) Apparently the writer thinks flapper and goth are worthy of capital letters, but honor isn’t worth a spell-check.
This is not an honor. It’s an insult to the subject and to the readers.