You don’t have to read closely to spot this grammatical gaffe on the Yahoo! front page:
When it comes to deciding whether to capitalize a word, let the dictionary be your bible. That’s my advice to the folks at the Yahoo! front page who chose to write about a bible. They weren’t referring to the Old Testament or the New Testament:
The sacred text of Christianity and Judaism is the Bible; a reference work is a bible.
It took ten seconds or less to spot this error on the Yahoo! front page:
This may be a case of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. The writer might think that fewer (rather than less) should be used for countable items. And that’s generally correct, except there are some exceptions: time, money, and distance. In those cases, the correct word is less: $50 or less, 10 feet or less, and 6 hours or less.
Reading this, I thought the writer was perhaps a 10-year-old, and not a professional writer for yahoo.com:
Since when does “which is when” apply to a medical condition? I guess the writer didn’t know that when applies to time, except when you were in third grade, when you used it liberally to apply to just about anything. Maybe when the writer graduates from high school he or she will think to write:
hypoxia, which is a deficiency of oxygen in the brain
The writers for the Yahoo! front page aren’t going to win any prizes for writing with this undercapitalized Nobel Peace Prize:
Oh, well, at least they spelled Nobel correctly. This time.
Sometimes it seems like readers are besieged by misspellings and typos on Yahoo!. And there’s no reason for the kind of mistakes we all find on the Yahoo! front page:
and Yahoo! News:
If the writers and editors refuse to use a spell-checker or a dictionary, then maybe they should just stick to easier words, like attack. I don’t think they can mess that up.