Just kidding

Everything from the headlines to the teasers to the links has been proofread on yahoo.com:

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Just kidding. Clearly that sentence, with its mismatched subject and verb, escaped the eyes of the proofreaders and editors.

Check out this

So, how did Yahoo! Answers get its name? Is it the result of consumer research? I really don’t know, but I do know that it’s not the best-written site on Yahoo!. Check out the mistakes in this one little paragraph, which include a contraction (it’s) instead of a possessive pronoun (its) and a noun (checkout) instead of a phrasal verb (check out):

bluetooth answers

This headline make me want to cry

This headline, with its subject-verb disconnect, makes me want to cry:

blog make us travel

Does anyone at Yahoo! Travel proofread?

You think they’re fed up?

Two stars with the Colorado Rockies are fed up with losing. I wonder if the writers for the Yahoo! front page are fed up with being featured on Terribly Write. Here we go again, with a misspelled Gonzalez and a mismatch of the singular neither with the plural verb want:

fp gonazlez

Perpetrating a crime against the language

Let’s run down what’s wrong with this little sentence on the home page of Yahoo! TV:

rundown 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.

Say goodbye to English

Say goodbye to English. When a writer can’t match a subject and verb, it feels like the language is dying. The writer for Yahoo! TV apparently thinks “Rizzoli & Isles” is two people. It’s actually the name of one TV program, so it’s singular and its verb should be singular, too:

say goodbye tv

This is how mistakes spread

When the verb phrase opt out appeared on Yahoo! Sports with a hyphen — not once, but twice — I feared we’d see this mistake elsewhere:

opt-out sports

It looks like Yahoo! News picked up the story and went with the misspelling of the verb, too:

opt-out news

Hey, they may be wrong, but at least they’re consistent. For a change.

They may have gotten this wrong

The writers for yahoo.com may have gotten this verb wrong:

fp may have got

If they’re writing for a U.S.  audience, the preferred past participle of get is gotten.

This is a sorry excuse for writing

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:

sorry 1

This is a sorry attempt at making a possessive out of women:

sorry 2

(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):

sorry 3

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.

We’re in complete disagreement

It’s not uncommon to see a disagreement between a subject and its verb on Yahoo! When that grammatical gaffe occurs on the home of Yahoo! News, I have to wonder about the accuracy of the article. I’m not sure I’d trust a site that gets the verb wrong here:

marks news

and here:

heighten news

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