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.

Oscar de la Renta: The go-to

In an attempt to pay tribute to the late Oscar de la Renta, the folks at yahoo.com come up with a little creative capitalization:

fp la renta

(I think Mr. de la Renta was more than just a “go-to” for women. Perhaps he was the “go-to” designer.)

As if that weren’t enough creativity, one writer for Yahoo! Style thought this was the correct way to capitalize the designer’s name:

de la renta style

and another Style writer had a completely different take on de la Renta:

renata style

I think that if you’re going to be lauding a man whose name is so well-known, you should be able to spell it correctly.

Isn’t that the only way to score?

You don’t have to be a baseball aficionado to know that the only way to score a run is in an inning. Because runs scored during the seventh-inning stretch just don’t count. Thanks to Captain Obvious at the Yahoo! front page for this news:

fp in the inning

It might have been a tad more informative if the writer had deigned to tell us which inning the run was scored.

Back to school for you!

Could the writer of this module on the Yahoo! front page be a college graduate? I’m not sure. I’d expect a college graduate to know that an apostrophe is required in “Parents college debt nightmare”:

fp college debt

I’d expect that a college graduate could read an article and summarize it accurately. And that’s when I realized that perhaps this writer is still in high school, struggling with understanding text written for a tenth grader. That’s how I’d explain the allegation that these parents owe a huge sum “nearly a decade after the graduation.” Since the parents have more than one daughter, I wanted to know whose graduation was a decade ago. So I read the article and learned that these folks borrowed the money a decade ago — not that their daughters graduated a decade ago.

To the writer, I’d say, stay in school and get that high school diploma. To readers of yahoo.com, I say don’t believe what you read.

Get a peek at this

Get a peek at the use of an incorrect preposition on the Yahoo! front page:

fp get a peek of

Who says “get a peek of”? Someone still learning English perhaps?

Apple Pay gets an addition

Do the folks who write for yahoo.com just make up product names? Here’s a case of a new name for a new Apple product: Apple iPay.

fp ipay

Someone managed to get the name right; it’s Apple Pay. So why did the product get an addition? Maybe the writer thinks all Apple products should begin with a lowercase I.

This writing could be a real conversation piece

It’s unlikely that Breeze, which is a breathalyzer, could also be a fun party conversation, despite what it says on the Yahoo! front page:

fp conversation

It might lead to a conversation, but it ain’t a conversation. The device might be a “conversation piece” or “conversation starter.”

I have two questions

After reading this on the Yahoo! front page, I have a couple of questions:

fp restoring control

How does one restore control to an ability? My other question: How the heck does a nonsensical sentence like that get published on one of the busiest webpages in the universe?

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