Will be today’s be the worst

Yes, it is confusing, isn’t it. But here’s something just as confusing on Yahoo! Music:

next yearfs be music

The writer meant “the pop star will be next year’s main attraction” or “the pop star will be the main attraction.” Or something else. You decide.

Literally, it’s wrong

Don’t take the words on Yahoo! Music literally:

literally music

This is how you literally kick butt:

kick butt

What Aerosmith did was figuratively kick butt.

Ariana Grande getting grander

Ariana Grande got a little larger with the addition of a random letter on Yahoo! Music:

arianda music

More head-scratching

This sentence from Yahoo! Music is more head-scratching than edifying:

more rather than music

There’s at least one word too many here. I just don’t know which word is unnecessary:

These images are more head-scratching rather than head-banging.


These images are more head-scratching rather than head-banging.

Jay Z gets a little more and Justin Bieber gets off a bus

Yahoo! Music is just full of breaking news. It starts with rapper Jay Z, who removed the hyphen from his name a year ago. But if we are to believe the music experts at Yahoo!, he’s put it back in:

jay-z music hp

And in other music news, Justin Bieber gets off a bus:

debus music hp

Having troible proofreading?

Geez. We know that the writers and editors at Yahoo! have trouble proofreading, by which I mean they do not proofread. So, you’d think that the Internet giant would at least provide them with a spell-checker. At least one error on Yahoo! Music could be eliminated:

troibled music

A spell-checker would have spit out troibled, but wouldn’t have identified the missing words. That’s for the reader to provide.

Ron Howard, Jay Z unconscious?

If Ron Howard and Jay Z came to together, were they both unconscious? Passed out drunk? Comatose? What happened to the men and why doesn’t Yahoo! Music give us the details? I want details!

come to together

Spearking out

A guitarist sparks out or spears out or spearks out on Yahoo! Music:

spearks music

A headline that large is not a good place to make a typo.

Either have or has is correct

Neither the writer nor the editor has addressed this incorrect verb on Yahoo! Music:

neither have music

When a subject consists of two nouns joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb must agree with the noun closer to it.

Were they eating worms?

What kind of bait does an audience use when waiting for a hologram to appear on stage? I’m thinkin’ worms if they’re goin’ fishin’. Or maybe if they’re after a rodent, a hefty hunk of Vermont cheddar:

baited music

The writer for Yahoo! Music makes a common homophonic mistake. The correct idiom is bated breath, and it means “with great anticipation.” The verb bate, derived from the verb abate, means “to moderate, lessen, or restrain.”

Of course, there may be times when you mean baited breath. In Cruel, Clever Cat Geoffrey Taylor found a use for the expression:

Sally, having swallowed cheese
Directs down holes the scented breeze
Enticing thus with baited breath
Nice mice to an untimely death.


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