1 job you would have

You, too, could be an editor! If you can spot the incorrect word in this headline from Yahoo! Celebrity you might have what it takes!

wasn't kendall celeb

Bonus points: If you recognized that the verb was wrong because the sentence stated a condition contrary to fact, give yourself 5 points. If you identified the mood of the verb as subjunctive, give yourself an additional 5 points.

If you have more than 10 bonus points, you are overqualified for a writing or editing job at Yahoo!.

Ruining English

The people responsible for the writing on the Yahoo! front page seem to be part of a media culture that often ruins the language:

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It happens when the writer can’t match the subject (like, oh, say, maybe culture) and its verb (like ruins).

It appears to be wrong

Neither the Yahoo! Style writer nor the editor appears to know basic grammar:

neither appear style

When two subjects are joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. So, it should be “neither Richie’s children nor her husband appears” but “neither Richie’s husband nor her children appear.”

All those errors remind us of fourth grade

There are more errors committed by professional writers and editors on Yahoo! than in all the high school newspapers in the country. All those errors — including this one from Yahoo! Movies — remind me of my fourth grade class when we learned to spot the subject of a sentence and then match the verb to it:

reminds us movies

I guess this writer was sick that day.

Every article has sported it

It seems that every article on Yahoo! Style has sported at least one typo and a grammatical goof:

ever have style

Can readers make writers smarter?

What does it take to improve the grammar of the professional writers and editors responsible for yahoo.com? Pointing out their errors, jeering, and suggesting corrections impact their writing. Sometimes.

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It takes a village to write this badly

It takes a village of Yahoo! Style editors to make this many mistakes in a single paragraph:

tilda style

Wouldn’t you think that one of these “editors” would know that the correct verb is look, so it agrees with the plural subject? Wouldn’t you think that one of them would say, “Hey, did anyone check the spelling of these names?” No, they obviously didn’t. If they had, they might have spelled Haider Ackermann and Phoebe Philo correctly. (These are supposed to be style editors, and they misspell two out of three designer names?)

Did anyone think to verify the title of the movies? No, of course not. They trusted their memory instead of Google. The movies are “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Sometimes it takes a village of editors. Sometimes it takes the village idiots.

Grammar-lovin’ army seizes on error

It doesn’t take an army of grammar lovers to uncover this mismatched subject and verb pair on the Yahoo! front page:

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Polish this off

How many goofs can you find in this excerpt of an article on Yahoo! DIY?

marbleized diy

Did you notice that “inspired by … paper” modifies “nail polish and water”? Yeah, that was awkward. I’m pretty sure the paper was the inspiration for the project and not for the polish. And then did you see that the writer thinks that is can be an appropriate verb for the plural subject “nail polish and water”? That was ugly.

There’s the misspelled lukewarm (it’s one word, not two), and the instruction to fill the tub halfway. But in the first numbered instruction, she tells us to fill it 3/4 full. Someone is a little confused and that would be the writer. And the reader.

Why not thinking out of the box

It looks like the elementary school crowd has taken over the writing of this article on Yahoo! DIY. How else would you explain the verb gets with an apostrophe? Or the use of it’s instead of its? Did we all master that by the time we were 12? And I’m still trying to figure out how an editor would fix the last sentence here:

gets its apos diy

Is it “Warm gatherings … call for” or “A warm gathering… calls for”? Anyone?

Sometimes when you’re trying to write something creative, you have to think out of the box. But not this far out of the box:

gets its apos diy 2

There’s that apostrophe again, used to form a plural this time. And for the third time in a single article, it’s wrong. Never has a little punctuation mark done so much and been so wrong.

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