Look closely at this

You don’t have to read closely to spot this grammatical gaffe on the Yahoo! front page:

fp to read close

Spell-checker? We don’t need no stinkin’ spell-checker

Don’t bother wondering why the folks at yahoo.com don’t use a spell-checker. They don’t see the need. But we do:

fp magzaine

That’s par for the toes

It’s par for the course: An ugly typo on yahoo.com:

fp partoes

That’s not where it goes

Where does the question mark go? Not where they put it on the Yahoo! front page:

fp interview quest quot

Unless the question is Interview?, then the question mark belongs after the closing quotation mark.

Let the dictionary be your bible

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:

fp bible lc

The sacred text of Christianity and Judaism is the Bible; a reference work is a bible.

You picked the wrong word

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is sometimes referred to by a shorter name, and it’s not the Roll Hall that you see on the Yahoo! front page:

fp roll hall

Since rock and roll is sometimes shortened to just “rock,” you’d think the writer would know that the hall of fame is sometimes called the Rock Hall of Fame.

Ten seconds or less

It took ten seconds or less to spot this error on the Yahoo! front page:

fp hours or fewer

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.

How old are you?

Reading this, I thought the writer was perhaps a 10-year-old, and not a professional writer for yahoo.com:

fp which is when

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

Not a prize winner

The writers for the Yahoo! front page aren’t going to win any prizes for writing with this undercapitalized Nobel Peace Prize:

fp nobel peace

Oh, well, at least they spelled Nobel correctly. This time.

Besieged by misspellings

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:

fp seige 2

and Yahoo! News:

seige 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.

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