Election Day is more important

In the U.S., the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November is Election Day. It’s so important that it is officially a proper noun with two capital letters. Except on yahoo.com:

fp elect day

I’ll never tire of this

I never tire of discovering new words used in creative ways at yahoo.com:

fp volcanizing

Volcanizing a tire would simply subject it to volcanic heat. Rubber for tires is vulcanized.

Shocking election news from Kansas

According to the ever-reliable yahoo.com, there will be no Democrats on ballots in Kansas. (OK, so the writer actually said “in Kan. ballots,” but I’m trying to be compassionate and understanding about the use of the incorrect preposition since many English-language learners have difficulty with prepositions.)

fp no dem

How in the heck did that happen?! Quite simple. The writer is wrong and possibly impaired by an illegal substance. As of today, some Kansas ballots will not have a Democratic candidate for Senate.

Don’t discount the usefulness of a dictionary

I don’t know what’s so “rock-bottom” about a discount of $1.50 at a movie theater. My local cineplex offers a $2.00 senior discount every day. The writer for yahoo.com needs to consult a dictionary; it’ll show that discount means “a reduction from the standard price”:

fp discount

Unfortunately, it’s not rarely seen

On the Yahoo! front page, the hyphen is overused, as it is in this recently published teaser:

fp recently-deceased 2

Perhaps if the writers were closely watched they wouldn’t throw a hyphen in after an adverb ending in -LY:

fp closely-watched 2

This mistake isn’t rarely seen; it occurs quite often on yahoo.com:

fp rarely-seen 2

Here’s what these writers don’t understand: An adverb ending in -LY is a signal to the reader that it modifies the word that follows it. There’s no need to join those two words with a hyphen.

Where prices are superfluous

Regardless of what they might think at yahoo.com, readers aren’t interested in the cheapest and most expensive beer prices, they’re interested in the cheapest and most expensive beer, except for people like me who don’t care for beer or football:

fp varies

Everyone, including me, likes a verb matched to its subject, so we’re not crazy about the use of varies (which should be vary) because the subject (cost and size) is plural.

Not a geography expert?

Not the winner of the National Geographic Bee, but still think you got what it takes to write about places around the world? No worries! You can write for the Yahoo! front page, where knowledge of geography (or just about any subject) is not required:

fp cabo

Even if you think that there’s a town named Cabo in a Mexican state called San Lucas, you could work at yahoo.com. Imagine how far you’d get if you actually know that the city is Cabo San Lucas.

It’s not just a replica

Jerry “The King” Lawler doesn’t own just a replica of a famous car, he owns a replica version of it. Which is something different, I guess — at least in the minds of yahoo.com staffers:

fp version 60s

Also different in their minds is the plural 1960s, which really doesn’t need that apostrophe.

Feeling blue

You have to admit that in this picture on the Yahoo! front page, Elsa looks blue — if by “blue” you mean sad:

fp blue

What the writer is really saying? The Disney princess is blue, like Alfred Angelo’s dress. What the writer really meant? Like the Disney princess’s dress, Alfred Angelo’s dress will be blue.

Joan Rivers? Almost

The late Joan Rivers is a little less on the Yahoo! front page:

fp joan river

I hope that it’s just a typo and that the writer doesn’t think that the possessive of Rivers is River’s.


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