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:
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:
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).
I have a question for the writer for Yahoo! News: What makes you think a child’s question is the same as an inquisition?
An inquisition isn’t just a question or a query; it’s an investigation. It has the connotation of a rigorous, harsh, or severe interrogation. I don’t think it’s in any way “childlike.”
Yahoo! writers have a long and colorful history of using incorrect word. But now it seems like it’s spiraling out of control. In this headline on Yahoo! News the writer thinks it’s a spiral on top of the World Trade Center:
It’s not. It’s a spire. Do you think that’s just a typo? A brain fart? Nah. I think the writer actually believes it’s the correct word because there’s another one in the very first sentence of the article:
And even the folks on yahoo.com have been infected with the spiral-for-spire bug:
OK. Here’s the scoop for all you Yahoo! staffers out there: This is a spiral (I borrowed it from Wikipedia):
And this is a spire (also from Wikipedia). It’s at the top of the WTC: