And then I stopped reading

Some things just stop me in my tracks when I’m reading. One of those things is a blatant, obvious error of fact that even I can identify. Here’s where I stopped reading an article on Yahoo! Movies: The second sentence of the opening paragraph:

nobel peace prize movies

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was not awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; however, he did receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

It can accommodate one more

It’s surprising (at least to me) to see this word misspelled on Yahoo! Movies:

accomodate movies

It’s on everyone’s list of the most commonly misspelled words, so I thought a professional writer — especially one who doesn’t deign to use a spell-checker — would be familiar with that list and would take extra care when pounding out one of those words. But noooo. The writer just doesn’t know (or care) that accommodate can accommodate two M’s.

Neither is correct

The word pair neither…nor is a correlative conjunction. They go together like peas and carrots, as Mr. Gump would say. Except on Yahoo! Movies:

neither or movies

and Yahoo! Sports:

neither or sports

‘Captain America: The Winter More Solid’

So, there’s a new Captain America film and it’s about a winter more solid, according to Yahoo! Movies:

solider movies 1

Ha-ha. I kid. I am a kidder. We all know that the word is supposed to be soldier. At least I think we all know that. I’m just not sure about the writer, since solider is repeated in the very first sentence of the very first paragraph:

solider movies 2

Thanks a milion!

Thanks a million to Yahoo! News for providing proof that everyone needs to proofread:

milion movies

What do they have common?

What do these three teasers from Yahoo! have in common. Scroll down to see if you figured it out.

This is from Yahoo! Movies. No doubt the writer was in a hurry to react to the recent passing of Mr. Rooney:

miss word movies

From Yahoo! Celebrity, we find this:

missing word celeb

And Yahoo! TV tries to make this into a sentence:

miss word tv

What do they all have in common? Each sentence is missing a single two-letter word. There’s a lesson here for all writers.

Imitations of a writer

Every once in a while I get comments from Yahoo! staffers who are unhappy with Terribly Write because it highlights their many mistakes. I’m not sympathetic and here’s why: About half the errors on TW are misspellings. And what could be easier for a writer than finding and correcting a misspelling? Since it appears that few Yahoo!ers care about using that simple, readily available tool, they’ll continue to look like careless, lazy (or worse) writers to their readers. I’m thinking of you, Yahoo! Movies writer:

immitations movies

Are you the old-fashion type?

Are you like me? I’m kinda the old-fashioned type when it comes to language, and especially when it comes to writing. And especially when the writing is being done by people who are paid to do it and whose words are read by potentially millions of people. So, this adjective on Yahoo! Movies irks me:

old-fashion movies

Call me old-fashioned, if you want. Just don’t call me old-fashion.

He didn’t really write that, diddy?

There’s a new misspelling every day on Yahoo!. And this misspelling on Yahoo! Movies is one I had never seen before and could never even imagine:

diddy movies

This is Diddy (except when his name is Puff Daddy or Sean Combs):

diddy pic

A simple song is a ditty.

You’re not even trying

You know the writer for Yahoo! Movies wasn’t even trying to get the character’s name right — even though the movie’s title is the character’s name:

mechaneck movies

When something goes as wrong as this and is so obvious, it has to be a sign of a writer in a serious meltdown or giving readers a middle finger.


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