This headline, with its subject-verb disconnect, makes me want to cry:
Does anyone at Yahoo! Travel proofread?
Let’s run down what’s wrong with this little sentence on the home page of Yahoo! TV:
First, there’s the noun rundown. It’s a noun, people; it’s not a verb. The verb phrase is two words: run down. (Think about it: If it were a verb, what would its past tense be? Rundowned.)
Then, there’s the use of the verb perpetrated, which means “to commit.” The casualties (meaning “dead people”) were not perpetrated. The crimes, the homicides, or the murders were perpetrated. The casualties were the victims; they were not perpetrated.
I’m sorry to say it, but it’s hard to believe that this article from Yahoo! Shine was produced by a professional writer. Heck, it’s hard to believe it was written by a middle school graduate.
There are a few minor problems, like needlessly capitalizing a word. “Sorry” doesn’t get a capital letter unless it’s at the start of a sentence or you’re writing about the board game:
This is a sorry attempt at making a possessive out of women:
(To form the possessive of a plural noun not ending in S, just add an apostrophe and S: women’s, men’s, children’s.)
Things get a little sorrier with an error-filled paragraph, which includes a subject-verb mismatch (the subject study takes the verb has identified):
A “verbal tick” sounds like a talking, bloodsucking arachnid. If the writer meant an idiosyncratic and habitual behavior, that would be a tic. Then there’s the issue of the pronoun they, which has no antecedent. Just who is they? The rest of the sentence is just a mess. If you’re still reading that article at this point, I feel sorry for you.