‘Downton Abbey’: Not as popular as you think

You may have thought that the wildly popular British drama “Downton Abbey” was known throughout the English-speaking world. But there’s at least one English speaker who’s unfamiliar with the show. Unfortunately, that person writes for yahoo.com:

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Children having kids

Children having children? That’s what this article on Yahoo! Food touts. At least the children are overjoyed:

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Oh no, you didn’t!

Oh, no! The “news editor” for Yahoo! Style didn’t just do this, did she?

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Yup. That’s how a “news editor” spells David O. Russell’s name.

Didn’t go to school in the U.S.?

People outside the United States just don’t understand the names we give to each year in a high school or college. They can’t always remember that freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior are the four years of education. So, maybe if the yahoo.com writer isn’t from the U.S., he or she doesn’t know that a student in the third year of college is a junior, not a junior student:

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A $100 suit isn’t so bad

I’m not sure why a $100 suit is considered news at the Yahoo! front page:

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If it’s such a big deal, I’ll write a check to A-Rod right now.

How how do you make a mistake like that?

How how do you make a mistake like this and how how do you miss it when you proofread?

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Oh, yeah, I forgot. The people who write for the Yahoo! front page don’t believe in proofreading before publishing. That’s how how.

Inducted into Wrong Word Hall of Fame

The Yahoo! Style writer should be indoctrinated inducted into the Wrong Word Hall of Fame for this goof:

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She’s not a Timex

Timex watches are known for the slogan “they take a licking and keep on ticking.” Despite what you might read on yahoo.com, Carly Fiorina is not a Timex:

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Holly Bailey did not say that about the GOP candidate. This is the actual headline:

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Somebody needs to teach those yahoo.com writers how to read.

Uncovering the quote

Holy moley. In what universe is the pronoun its correct in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?

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What does it refer to? newbie? tools? I think the writer meant tools and just didn’t recognize it as a plural noun requiring the plural pronoun their. It’s a careless oversight, just like using the wrong closing quotation mark.

I’m calling T-shirts baring a quote total BS. T-shirts don’t bare quotes, though they’ve been known to bear them.

Eek! A mouse!

Eek! A mouse! That’s what cartoon characters say as they jump onto the nearest chair. Is that what the writer for Yahoo! Style meant?

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With writing skills like that, it’s a wonder this gal can eke out a living.

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