Selena and Justin arrive at AMAs live

What are the chances someone from Yahoo! Music checked this caption before it went live? Uh, none:

arrives music

Well, at least we know that Selena and Justin arrived at the AMAs live. Maybe a hearse was just to pricey.

These ideas make for hilarity

Do you find this as funny as I do? I think it’s hilarious that the writers for Yahoo! DIY keep mistaking a palate (which is the roof of your mouth) with a palette (which is a range of colors):

palate diy

Some ideas make me double over with laughter. Or pain. One of those ideas is that people actually get paid to write this stuff.

You’re under arrest

The grammar police should make an arrest at the yahoo.com headquarters for this gaffe:

fp him being arrested

Did that really sound right to the writer? If so, then he or she needs to hang around people who speak proper English and start reading something other than Facebook timelines and Twitter posts.

The correct pronoun is the possessive his because being is a gerund, which is a verb functioning as a noun. The writer could have avoided this embarrassment by simply writing “by his arrest.” Easy, no?

This often gets mistaken for correct English

Actually, no, it doesn’t. This kind of mistake is not often mistaken for correct except over at the Yahoo! front page:

fp mistaken as

I can’t say that I’ve ever read or heard “mistaken as a daughter/girl/writer.” Ever. It’s one of those mistakes that makes me wonder where Yahoo! finds its writers.

Did they get 4000 dollar bills?

Unless Larry Ellison paid these pilots using 4000 one-dollar bills, the writer for the Yahoo! front page used the wrong verb:

fp dollars were

It’s not a mistake you see very often (except on yahoo.com), but this verb is just wrong; it should be “was.” When the subject is a collective noun such as distance, a length of time, or a sum of money, the verb should be singular:

  • Four dollars is too much to pay.
  • Three miles isn’t that far.
  • Two hours is an acceptable delay.

Not a historic event

It’s hardly a historic event when the folks at the Yahoo! front page use the wrong indefinite article before words like historic, hotel, and eulogy:

fp an historic event

Use a (and not an) before a word that begins with a consonant sound, even if its first letter is a vowel.

Your readers are sure to eat this up

You’re sure to impress your readers with a misspelled word and a contraction when a possessive pronoun is called for. Do them both in a single sentence and you could qualify for a job at Yahoo! DIY:

reptillian youre diy

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:

fp ruin

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

This could have an adverse effect on readers

Maybe if you’re writing for Yahoo! Finance, you have dollars on the brain and hence, use both a dollar sign and the word dollars:

affect fin

One or the other is sufficient, really. Simple mistakes like that could have an adverse effect on your readers.

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