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.

or

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.

So old?

You might think that this is a simple typo (which should have been caught during proofreading) on the home page of Yahoo! Music:

sold-old music hp

That’s what I thought, too. But then I read this and I’m beginning to think it’s a real adjective that makes me feel tragically unhip:

sold-old music

Am I really so old that I can no longer identify an egregious typo when I see one?

At least you didn’t call her ‘Izzy’

I’ve been scratching my head and dusting the dandruff off my keyboard trying to figure out how Ms. Azalea set a record that had already been accomplished. Did she tie the record? Did she break the record? What did Yahoo! Music mean and should we just be grateful that the writer didn’t call her Izzy Azalea?

sets record music

Subject-matter experts need not apply

Looking for a writing gig? Know absolutely nothing about pop music? No problem! You don’t need to know Keith Urban from Keither Urban at Yahoo! Music:

name keither music

Hey, don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Iggy Azalea — neither has the person who wrote this:

izzy azalea music

You don’t need to know music to write for Yahoo! Music.

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