Sometimes I just have to say it

Sometimes I just have to say it: This is idiotic. This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read on a supposed news site:

tank in texas

As if I needed more evidence that Yahoo! is outsourcing writing of Yahoo! News to non-English-speaking countries, we have this. The writer obviously thinks a tank is the same thing as a tanker. This is a tank (courtesy of Wikipedia):

tank

The vessel in the Yahoo! News picture is a tanker. It is a ship. It holds oil. It travels in the ocean. It could not disappear in Texas since Texas is not an ocean.

The tanker disappeared off the coast of Texas.

American flighting for ISIL

Apparently an American was flighting (which I think is combat inside a plane) for ISIL, according to the ever-reliable Yahoo! News:

flighting news

Tim Hortons gets something extra

If only there were some way for the Yahoo! News writers to see how to spell Tim Hortons, the Canadian eatery. Like a picture or something. Something, anything that would show them that there’s no apostrophe in the name:

tim hortons news

Do you check your text after it’s published?

Are you a blogger? If so, do you check what you’ve written after it’s been posted? You should because you don’t want to commit the same mistakes that the people at Yahoo! News did:

air strikes news

If they’d looked at this after it was published, they might have noticed the different spellings of the same word and the HTML code for an apostrophe. Oops.

Maybe the photos make sense

Let’s hope that the photos make more sense than this headline on Yahoo! News:

how news

Do waffle shoes have a soul?

Sometimes reading Yahoo! News is like trying to untangle every spaghetti strand in a bowl of pasta. Words seem to be strewn about in a totally random fashion, and if you are able to put them in the correct order you’ll like find a homophonic error:

waffle soul news

I was able to rearrange those three words into “waffle soul shoe,” but I think it should be “waffle sole shoe.” As for the rest of the sentence? I’m totally clueless.

There’s no letup

When it comes to mistaking a noun (like, oh, say, maybe letup) with a phrasal verb (like, let up), there’s no letup on Yahoo! News:

let up news

Readers land arrive at familiar conclusion

Every day readers of Yahoo! News arrive at the same conclusion: This site needs a proofreader!

land arrive news

That’s news to Justice Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court justice, would probably be surprised to know that she’s been misspelling her name for years. Here’s how the folks at Yahoo! News prefer to spell it:

ginsberg news

Santa Clause robots and other errors

Oy vey! Did I really read this on what is purported to be a news site? Here’s the latest guffaw-inducing sentence from Yahoo! News:

westjet news

How does one person make so many mistakes in so few words? Can we start with WestJet? The airline uses what is called camel case: A capital letter somewhere between the first and last letters. Then there’s the whole “automated robots” lie. There were no robots, automated or not. There was a live human being dressed as Santa Claus (without an E) who showed up on a large monitor. And if an airport actually departed, I don’t know where it would go or how it would get there. The incident in question happened at departure gates, not departing airports.

This is what passes as news at Yahoo!, written by Yahoo! staffers and edited by no one (I presume).

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