Other than the mistakes, it’s perfect

Imagine a news site that manages to make three mistakes in a single sub-headline:

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It kinda gives you lots of confidence in the accuracy of the article on Yahoo! News, doesn’t it? The writer misspelled threats, capitalized two (even though it wasn’t at the start of the sentence), and messed up Rafael Ramos’ name. But other than that, the sub-head is perfect.

If only there were a way…

If only there were a way for a writer to look up the correct spelling of a product. I’m thinkin’ maybe if the writer for Yahoo! News had a picture of Hellmann’s mayonnaise, this misspelling might not have happened:

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Besieged by misspellings

Sometimes it seems like readers are besieged by misspellings and typos on Yahoo!. And there’s no reason for the kind of mistakes we all find on the Yahoo! front page:

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and Yahoo! News:

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If the writers and editors refuse to use a spell-checker or a dictionary, then maybe they should just stick to easier words, like attack. I don’t think they can mess that up.

Blogger lets loose

If I were the type to let loose on Yahoo! News whenever I spotted a mistake on the site, I’d be in a constant state of  snark. So, I’m not going to chastise the brainiacs who don’t know to capitalize Senate when it refers to the U.S. legislative body:

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They’re not entitled

If you follow the Associated Press style, you wouldn’t capitalize president here:

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nor governor there:

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According to AP and other authorities, titles such as those are capitalized only when they immediately precede a name. If you follow Yahoo! News style, well, you do whatever the heck you want.

More editors, fewer errors

Imagine if Yahoo! News had editors who understood basic grammar and word usage. You might just see fewer errors in headlines:

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Use less (and not fewer) for countable items such as errors, mistakes, goofs, and gaffes.

Did Election Day catch you unawares?

November 4 is Election Day in the U.S. Apparently it’s been in the news a lot, but the editors at Yahoo! News seem to have been caught totally by surprise. Maybe if they had time to prepare for the event, they would have discovered that Election Day is a proper noun:

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When violance erupts

Would violence erupt in a legitimate newsroom if this misspelling appeared on a real news site?

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Yahoo! News is responsible for this eruption of violance.

That certainly is a new initiative

The White House has announced a new health care initiative. It’s so new, in fact, that only the crackerjack reporters at Yahoo! News have the scoop:

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I don’t care for the mashed-up healthcare (but it seems to be OK with the trendy journalists at Yahoo!), but I didn’t think we needed a new initiative. I thought the old spelling was just fine.

News to confuse

Sometimes the news can be so confusing. Especially if you’re reading Yahoo! News. I’m so befuddled by the possibility of a Nebraska hospital ending up in Liberia. How the heck did that happen?

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We all know people who are so fond of their dog that they feel they’re owned by their pet. Apparently that’s the case with the nurse in Texas who contracted Ebola. Her spaniel owned her, and not the other way ’round:

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Although I’ve been following the story of the nurse’s illness, I had no idea she was the first person infected with Ebola. I thought the outbreak started in Africa, not the U.S. Shows you how much I know.


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