Should someone else apologize?

Richard Dawkins apologized for comments he made about Down’s syndrome. I wonder if he was as challenged as the scribes at to spell it correctly:

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The National Down Syndrome Society and the National Association for Down Syndrome  call it (not surprisingly) Down syndrome. The American Heritage Dictionary calls Down’s syndrome a variant of Down syndrome.

Did the writer (and the editor, assuming there was one) just trust that they knew how to spell and capitalize Down syndrome? Maybe they should apologize for their mistake.

Neanderthals among us

Neanderthals live! And I don’t mean those crude twits who lick their fingers after eating Buffalo wings. I’m talking about the species that we all thought was extinct. Not so! According to the Yahoo! front page, Neanderthals live among us:

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It would still be wrong

Even if the writer for Yahoo! Movies had remembered to put the hyphen in run-in, the word would still be wrong:

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A run-in is a quarrel or argument; it’s not a casual meeting.

But aside from that, what mistakes did the writer make? There’s some problem with familiar faces, because the writer implies that Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey share the same face:

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This writer really has issues with punctuation. She puts an erroneous apostrophe is Wednesdays and puts a semicolon within quotation marks. In U.S. English, two punctuation characters never, ever go before a closing quotation mark: a colon and a semicolon.

Was the Ice Bucket Challenge a surprise?

Did the Ice Bucket Challenge sneak up on the writers at so quickly that they were caught unprepared? Could that be the reason that someone thought it didn’t need any special treatment:

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and someone else thought it needed quotation marks?

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Maybe the people who write and edit should communicate with each other. I hear Gmail is fast and reliable.

Will Johnny Manziel be on the field?

If footballer Johnny Manziel stands on the sideline, is he in the field of play?

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Generally, inactive players stand on the sidelines. A sideline (without the S) is a line that marks the limit of a field or court, which is where the folks at think he’ll be.

Is that like a newborn?

If you read this excerpt from Yahoo! Travel, you probably think that “old” refers to old people, like senior citizens. Then what does “new” refer to? New people?

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I think the writer really meant “old and young,” but I can never be sure when it comes anything I read on Yahoo!.

It’s news to me

In spite of the fact that it ends with an S, the word news is considered to be a singular noun that takes a singular verb. At least that’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says, but not what you’ll see on Yahoo! Travel:

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Subject-matter experts need not apply

Shouldn’t it be a requirement that a food writer know something about the basic tools and appliances of cooking? Not at Yahoo! Food, where writers aren’t required to know what an oven is:

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That’s not an oven burner roasting the corn. It’s the burner of a range, a stove,  or maybe a cooktop. An oven burner is inside an oven:

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Subject and verb raise questions

The plural subject (news and reaction) and singular verb raise questions about the competency of the writers and editors on the Yahoo! front page:

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Would you trust Yahoo Finance?

If you read this on the home page of Yahoo! Finance, would you trust the accuracy of the article or would you think that the misspelling of Procter & Gamble was just a careless typo (or two)?

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Hoping that it was a fluke, I decided to read the article on Yahoo! Finance’s “Hot Stock Minute.” And I encountered the headline:

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That was followed by a misspelling of the company’s name throughout the article; in fact it was never spelled correctly.

It’s wrong here:

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and here:

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and here:

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and here:

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and here:

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and even here:

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As one reader noted in the comments section of the article:

“Dear Yahoo, send Dean back to the high school newspaper that he came from since he can’t even spell the company name correctly. It’s PROCTER & Gamble, not PROCTOR.”

If the writer is so presumptuous that he doesn’t bother to verify the company’s name (which is kind of critical to the article), what other information has he gotten wrong?


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