Yahoo target of worldwide shaming

It looks like Yahoo! should be the target of a worldwide shaming, according to, well, according to Yahoo!:

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If the criterion is mixing up Colombia (the South American country) and Columbia (the name of a space shuttle, New York university, city in South Carolina, and just about everything else), then Yahoo! should be the target of much international mockery.

There’s the time that Yahoo! Shine referred to Sofia Vergara as a Columbian beauty and founder of a nonprofit for Columbian children, and reported that Miss Columbian went commando.  And Yahoo! News (and by News, I think they mean “we make this stuff up”) wrote about Ivis Gonzalez, a Columbian designer, Columbian singer/songwriter Juanez, and the Space Shuttle Colombia.

I wonder what Shakira fans think of this

Would Shakira’s fans be “miffed” or “riled” by this gaffe on the Yahoo! front page?

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Ack! It’s Auckland!

Ack! Someone at Yahoo! Shine misspelled Auckland. And that’s not all! There’s the incorrect whom. It should be who because it’s the subject of the verb, which is either was or wasn’t.

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As for the abbreviation a.k.a (for “also known as”), the Associated Press style is without periods (aka), while the American Heritage Dictionary’s style is AKA.

Then we’ll tell you how to comb your out hair

You, too, can grow your out hair just like Jennifer Lawrence! Check out this article on Yahoo! Shine:

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A dollar’s worth of punctuation

If you’re going to make a mistake in your writing, don’t make it in a headline. It just makes things worse, like this omission on Yahoo! News:

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What’s missing? An apostrophe in what should be “thousands of dollars’ worth.”

That’s not all right

Not everything in this paragraph from Yahoo! TV’s “Primetime in No Time” is all wrong — just a few things. Like “especially between Kenya Moore went after…” What’s with that? And why does the writer forget to include the in “tumbled to (the) ground” and “stormed off (the) set”? But the bigger issue is the use of alright, which is considered nonstandard. Are you all right with that spelling?

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Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says:

Despite the frequent use of the form alright the single word spelling is still widely viewed as nonstandard. In our 2009 survey, more than two-thirds of the Usage Panel rejected alright in examples like Don’t worry. Everything will be alright, whereas over 90 percent accepted all right in the same examples. This resistance may seem peculiar, since similar fusions incorporating all, such as already and altogether, have never raised any objections. The difference may lie in the fact that already and altogether became single words back in the Middle Ages, whereas alright has only been around for a little more than a century and was called out by language critics as a misspelling. Readers may view the use of alright, especially in formal writing, as an error or a willful breaking of convention.

That’s quite a vocabulary you have!

How about we all agree that the writer for Yahoo! News’ “Trending Now” uses words in a new way. Maybe not the way the words were intended to be used, but at least he’s creative.

When he has an issue with something, he doesn’t tackle it, he doesn’t address it, he solves it! Just as if it were a problem. And when discussing a refrigerator, he lets you know that his has a bin on the front door (and apparently a back door, too?) and not shelves. When reading his articles, you also run into words that get split into two words:

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I didn’t know what an egg container was until I read further. Silly me, I thought it was the eggshell. But no, it’s the egg carton. (At least that’s what it’s commonly called in the U.S.)  This guy also loves the sound of his own typing. Instead of telling us that Mr. Brown places each bottle upside down, he goes on and on:

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And what about those crevasses? A crevasse is a deep fissure or crack, like in a glacier or a levee. I suspect the writer meant crevice, which is the wrong word also. A crevice is a narrow crack or opening. The compartments of an egg carton are called compartments or dimples.

Perk up your writing with hyphens!

Need to give your writing a shot in the arm? Can a hyphen perk up your literary pearls? Not if you use it incorrectly, as a writer for Yahoo! Sports illustrates:

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Is there more than one Batman?

Just how many Batmans (or is it Batmen?) return? That’s the question I’m left with after reading this on the Yahoo! front page:

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Actually, there’s only one Batman, and the film is about Batman’s return.

Think punctuation doesn’t matter?

It’s not a code

I’ve been looking at this sentence on the Yahoo! front page for a day (OK, not like a full day, maybe a few minutes, but I started yesterday). I can’t figure out why one would need to decipher the winner in the west:

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I’m trying to decipher what that means. Does it mean “predict the winner in the west”? And the winner of what? I’m guessing it has something to do with basketball. Anyhoo, back to the word decipher. It means (at least to the American Heritage Dictionary):

  1. To read or interpret (ambiguous, obscure, or illegible matter).
  2. To convert from a code or cipher to plain text; decode.

As best as I can tell, decipher means that the writer used the wrong word.

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