You write the top, I’ll write the bottom. Halloween edition

One of these spellings on the Yahoo! front page is probably right. Which one? I don’t know. But I do know that if you can’t be right, at least be consistent: Pick one spelling and go with it. Oh, and let the other person also writing on yahoo.com know what you’ve decided.

fp hall-oween

Learn to read first, then write

There seems to be a basic tenet of writing that’s missing at the Yahoo! front page: Learn to read, and then learn to write about what you’ve read. So, here’s the result when a writer can’t read and summarize an article that’s been written at an eighth grade level:

fp 321

So, Mr. Abbamonte has been to all the nations in the U.N. and is planning on visiting 321 more? Considering there’s only 324 countries and regions in the world, that’s quite a feat.

Here’s what the article says:

fp 321 2

That is not Aaron Rodgers

That’s not Aaron Rodgers on the Yahoo! front page, but it should be:

fp aaron rogers

Yesterday, it was a misspelled Roethlisberger. Today, it’s a misspelled Rodgers. Why do yahoo.com writers have a problem with quarterbacks?

How to sink your career

Your career as a writer for the Yahoo! front page may have just sunk with this grammatical gaffe:

fp sunk

A sunken career can be as hard to raise as a sunken ferry, especially if your downfall is the result of an ability to distinguish between an adjective (like, oh, say, maybe sunken) and a verb (sunk).

That is not Ben Roethlisberger

I know very little about American football (or even non-American football), but I do know this is not how you spell Ben Roethlisberger’s name:

fp roethisberger

You love life

You love life. I know that because I read it on yahoo.com:

fp you love life

Here’s a guideline for ya’

Here’s a new guideline for the folks responsible for the Yahoo! front page: Try proofreading.

fp guidlines

What did Bella Thorne attend?

Those wacky offshore writers at the Yahoo! front page are at it again! They just prove that you can’t always cross the cultural divide between the U.S. and the rest of the world:

fp prom

Some anonymous writer (who would probably like to keep it that way) thinks that Bella Thorne attended a prom. She did not. The event was a homecoming dance, and that is not the same thing as a prom. Any red-, white-, or blue-blooded American knows that.

Not the best in journalism

How to explain the “journalists” at the Yahoo! front page writing about a giant in journalism? You can bet that you wouldn’t find a newspaper spelled one way in The Washington Post:

the uc

and another way in the same publication:

fp the lc

Which is correct? Check the paper’s masthead for the preferred capitalization. In this case, it’s The Washington Post.

When tales are reports

Huh? I have no idea what this means on the Yahoo! front page:

fp tales are reports

Does this mean that some tales are not tales, but reports? What kind of reports? Book reports? Or does “just reports” mea “just gossip” or “just secondhand info” or “just rumors” or “just newspaper reports”? I’m so confused.

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