Were you around the bend when you wrote that?

Some day, perhaps in the next millennium, Yahoo! will hire writers who are familiar with English and common idioms in English. Until that time, writers like this one for Yahoo! Celebrity will continue to leave us pointing and laughing:

bend omg

The idiom around the bend means crazy or insane. It does not mean around the corner.

Like tatting or whittling?

When you think of extremely old crafts, what comes to mind? Crocheting? Basket weaving? Carving duck decoys? The writer for the Yahoo! front page wants you to forget the real meaning of crafts (which is “items made by craftspeople”) and conjure up aircraft:

fp crafts

Yes, the people who think the projection at the top of a building is a spiral, who don’t know a boon from a boom, and who think patent and trademark are synonyms want you to interpret crafts to mean some sort of vehicle. (It’s interesting to note that according to the American Heritage Dictionary, when you mean ” a boat, ship, aircraft, or spacecraft,” then the plural of craft is craft.)

Arriving at the wrong preposition

To someone just learning English, prepositions can be difficult to master. Those people should not be reading Yahoo! Sports, where writers often arrive at the wrong word:

arrived to camp sports

Johnny Manziel arrived at camp. He may have arrived in style. But he didn’t arrive to anything.

Taken to the next misstep

This headline on the Yahoo! front page takes idiotic idioms to the next level:

fp next step

I suppose if you’re just learning English, you might not know common expressions like “take it to the next level” or “take the next step.” If that’s the case, I suggest you have someone familiar with common idioms edit your writing before you publish it.

I’d like to ask you a question

I have a question for the writer for Yahoo! News: What makes you think a child’s question is the same as an inquisition?

inquisition news

An inquisition isn’t just a question or a query; it’s an investigation. It has the connotation of a rigorous, harsh, or severe interrogation. I don’t think it’s in any way “childlike.”

Not a ho-hum mistake

This could be the most boring mistake in the blogosphere. The only thing that would make it more boring is if it were ho-hum. That’s the word the Yahoo! Food features editor should have used:

hum-ho food

From a nunnery?

Do the folks who write for yahoo.com live in a cave? A nunnery? How else do you explain the writer’s ignorance of a common woman’s undergarment?

fp garter-like

Here’s what Ms. Saldana wore:

zoe sal omg

That “mysterious accessory around her waist” isn’t garter-like — it’s garter-belt-like. This is a garter belt; the straps hanging down are the garters:

garter belt

Sill, you can’t help noticing

Sometimes, when I read something on Yahoo! Celebrity, I can’t help wondering if the writer is familiar with basic English idioms, like this:

rent 1

Actually, the Kardashians have been renting a home; the owner of the home has been renting out the home.

There are some mistakes I can overlook. Still, I can’t help noticing the typos:

rent 2

and the missing apostrophe in what should be Kardashians’:

rent 3

and at least one word too many here:

rent 4

Can you overlook errors like these?

In memoriam the English language

After reading this on Yahoo! News’ “Trending Now,” I think it’s time to establish a memorial Facebook page for the English language:

memoriam news

You won’t find the word memoriam in a dictionary, unless it’s preceded by in. The preposition in memoriam means “in memory of.”

Move your S

So, there are a coupla things on the Yahoo! front page that can be corrected simply by moving a letter:

fp tolls soars

I’m pretty sure that it’s a toll that soars and that thousands (and not a single thousand) flee. Just by moving the S from tolls to the end of thousand, the writer can correct two mistakes!


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