What do these three teasers from Yahoo! have in common. Scroll down to see if you figured it out.
This is from Yahoo! Movies. No doubt the writer was in a hurry to react to the recent passing of Mr. Rooney:
From Yahoo! Celebrity, we find this:
And Yahoo! TV tries to make this into a sentence:
What do they all have in common? Each sentence is missing a single two-letter word. There’s a lesson here for all writers.
If I could tell the writer for Yahoo! TV, I’d tell him to rein in his errors. I’d probably have to explain that a monarch reigns; the things you use to control a horse are reins:
I’d take this writer aside and tell him that even one error is too much. This is not too much; in fact, it’s one letter short of too much:
I can’t take this anymore. I can’t take seeing any more mistakes like this. It’s happened before, and it will undoubtedly happen again. This time it’s from Yahoo! TV:
If you mean “any longer,” use anymore. If you mean “additional or more,” use any more.
The only way this sentence on the home page Yahoo! TV makes sense is if the family’s name is Bate:
But it’s not. The family’s surname is Bates. If you hang with them, you hang with the Bateses. (Since Bateses is a little difficult to decipher — even though it is the correct plural — a better solution might be to use “the Bates family.”)
Spell-checkers are great, but they’re no substitute for a reading by a competent proofreader or editor. Just ask the folks at Yahoo! TV, where this typo would have been OK’ed by any spell-checker:
And so would this on Yahoo! Sports:
And this from Yahoo! Shopping:
Remember, proofread everything and use a spell-checker. It’s available at the plush of a button!
This is too different from correct, too funny, and not the two it should be on Yahoo! TV:
In a show segment called “Real Housewife’s Embarrassing History Gaffe” on Yahoo! TV‘s “Primetime in No Time,” the writer makes an even worse history gaffe than the housewife’s:
What was he thinking!? Did he have “12 Years a Slave” on the brain? Did he really not know that the Underground Railroad (which he spells two ways — with and without caps) was path from slavery to freedom?