Welcome. Now go away

The front page of a website is like a welcome mat. But what if that mat read “Welkome”? Would you still enter the site?

Would you click on this headline on Yahoo! Style, knowing that the designer’s name is Julien Macdonald (without a capital D)?

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Do you find the breakup of a word on the same page a turnoff?

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If I were the editor, I would have corrected this incorrect verb, but as a reader, I’d pass:

was 4 were sty hp

How many errors on a home page does it take before you  realize that maybe you’re really not welcome?

At a loss for words

If this sentence on yahoo.com seems like nonsense to you, that’s because it is nonsense:

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How can the manufacturing sector see “the smallest gain in employment” if it lost jobs? It can’t. The writer left out a few words: The manufacturing sector lost the most jobs, but the overall U.S. employment rate saw a gain, although it was its smallest gain in five months.

Great! Britian!

It may look like an Armenian name, what with its -IAN ending, but it’s just a misspelling on the Yahoo! front page:

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Where do you get your information?

When you’re looking for reliable information about investing, finance, or business, what website do you turn to? Yahoo! Finance? If you’re like most people, you’re adversely influenced by the number of mistakes, no matter how minor, you find. Typos, misspellings, and grammar mistakes all erode the credibility of a website or an article.

So, how credible do you find this article, where the writer apparently knew she needed an apostrophe in the first sentence, but couldn’t figure out where? Or that she’s a little skimpy when it comes to her hyphen usage?

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(Omitting the hyphens in an age is one of the top 3 hyphen errors you’ll find on Yahoo!.)

I really think that if you’re going to write about finance and business for adults, you need to know the difference between a product (oh, like, say a Barbie doll) and a manufacturer (like Mantel). I’m pretty sure that even though Barbie is a pretty smart, yet plastic cookie, she did not release a doll:

barbie released doll fin

Perhaps to prove that she is completely uninterested in the correct use of punctuation, the writer throws in some random and thoroughly incorrect commas. But I’ll admit to one positive note: The writer has got me interested in seeing those ads where the Chinese actress stares, presumably at the camera:

stared commas fin

If you think cats have arms, raise your paw

If you think this is an adorable picture on Yahoo! Makers, raise your paw hand.

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If you think that a cat has an arm, raise your hand. Hmmm. I see that there’s a writer over at Yahoo! who believes that:

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Dumbest Punctuation of the Day

I have nothing to say about this creative, but truly ridiculous, use of the apostrophe on Yahoo! Style:

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OK, I guess I did have something to say about it.

Don’t dangle that in public

Reading this on Yahoo! Style, I noticed a dangling participle:

coming of age

Unless the writer meant that Abercrombie & Fitch came of age in suburban New England in the early- to mid-aughts, there’s a problem with that sentence. That’s because the participial phrase, which begins with the participle coming, modifies the word that follows it. What the writer should have said:

Coming of age in suburban New England in the early- to mid-aughts, I thought Abercrombie & Fitch…

Oh, the writer also screwed up the hyphens, but you knew that.

Father of American Scholarship wasn’t American

I learn something new every day. Like, I just found out that Noah Webster, who was born and died in Connecticut, was really English. If the writer for Yahoo! Makers knew he wasn’t American, why didn’t I know? And why didn’t Wikipedia know?

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Dumbest Statement of the Day

Today’s dumbest statement comes in a sentence on Yahoo! Makers that’s packed with problems:

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There’s a word missing between each and with — I’m guessin’ it’s year. There’s the freaky use of the pronoun their, which has no antecedent, but which probably refers to farm. Or else it refers to the owners of the farm, which aren’t mentioned anywhere near that pronoun.

But the worst offense? The claim that the farm has been around for nearly 20 years, as if that’s a monumental accomplishment. In fact, the farm has been in the same family for ten generations, or nearly 300 years. Now that’s an accomplishment.

Jamming that many mistakes in a single sentence is accomplishment, too. Just not one to be proud of.

What dessert would you find?

What dessert do you think Johnny Depp found in the desert? My favorite cookie, Pecan Sandies? Or Lorna Dunes? Maybe the writer/editor for Yahoo! Style knows:

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