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:
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.)
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.
On the Yahoo! front page, the hyphen is overused, as it is in this recently published teaser:
Perhaps if the writers were closely watched they wouldn’t throw a hyphen in after an adverb ending in -LY:
This mistake isn’t rarely seen; it occurs quite often on yahoo.com:
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.
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:
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 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:
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.
You have to admit that in this picture on the Yahoo! front page, Elsa looks blue — if by “blue” you mean sad:
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.