Get a few years more under your belt

The editor in chief of Yahoo! Style could use a few more years of writing under his belt:

on her belt style

Perhaps with some additional experience and the guidance of a competent editor he’ll learn some common idioms and the correct preposition for them.

Stick to what you know

If you’re a writer who is unable or unwilling to do a little research for an article, you should probably stick to subjects that you’re intimately familiar with. Like, for instance, if you write for Yahoo! Style, stick to writing about flannel pajamas and Crocs. Don’t attempt to write about a movie — not even briefly:

reese novel style

The writer here just looks ignorant, lazy, or maybe even mentally challenged. Cheryl Strayed’s book was not a novel; it was not a work of fiction, it was a memoir. As for the statement that “their off-screen looks hardly translate to reality”? That reveals another issue about the writer. She has a little problem with logic, because that statement makes no sense. None.

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.

Try making sense

Testing my patience, this sentence on the Yahoo! front page makes no sense:

fp dna testing

Of course the testing didn’t match the inmate. What the writer should have told us: Did the results of the DNA testing of crime scene evidence match the inmate’s DNA? That would make some sense.

This is a far cry from correct

Is this writer from Yahoo! Style mocking the title of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 movie? Or is she really that bad at copying a word?

monkingjay style

There’s something to be said for a writer who just plugs away at her craft, without concern for using the correct words:

something to be said about

Her ignorance of common idioms is quite astonishing. The result is that her writing is a far cry from acceptable:

a far call style

That’s not possible

Regardless of what you might read on the Yahoo! front page, it’s simply impossible for a mass murder to wed:

fp murder

I don’t think Michael Jackson is enjoying much of anything

Perhaps the writers for the Yahoo! front page know a lot more about the afterlife than I. Perhaps Michael Jackson really is enjoying success, in spite of his passing, and those of us who are unable to communicate with those in the beyond are the poorer for it.

fp dead enjoying

This is moor or less correct

Somehow this quick-thinking teen study of moors of helped her save a baby’s life. Don’t you just love the good-news features on the Yahoo! front page?

fp heath

Don’t wake the dead

There seems to be a new show on TV that involves dead things and waking them. You can find a link to a recap of the show on the Yahoo! front page:

fp waking dead

Maybe good writing will be all the rage

Maybe the craze that seems to have infected the writers for the Yahoo! front page will pass, and the use of correct words and idioms will be all the rage:

fp craze


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