Messing around with the language

If this Yahoo! Style writer is going to go for a common idiom, she does mess around:

mess aground sty

This delightful malapropism screams funny.

That’s no way to treat Celine Dion’s husband’s death

When dealing with a sensitive subject like death, try not to look like the Einstein on Yahoo! Style who doesn’t know when to use an apostrophe. And try not to do it in a headline:

husbands sty hp

This writer needs a vocabulary-improvement regimen

This Yahoo! Beauty writer could use a vocabulary-improvement regimen, sort of like those Word-a-Day calendars. Then she might learn the difference between a military unit of ground troops (like a regiment) and a procedure or routine (like a regimen):

regiment sty bea

Whose mistake is it?

Who’s responsible for this homophonic error on Yahoo! Beauty? Whose mistake is it?

whos breed bea

Who doesn’t know that who’s is a contraction of who is or who has. The writer and editor.

Did anyone hear her signing?

I just don’t understand the controversy that was recently covered by Yahoo! Sports. How many people could actually hear a woman signing the national anthem? I thought signing was a way to communicate with people who are hearing-challenged and therefore didn’t involve sounds:

signing mlb

This looks a lot like a sentence

This looks a lot like a sentence on the Yahoo! front page. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense, what with the missing word or words:

fp sounds a lot

Eek! An error!

Eek! Two errors compound this homophonic goof on Yahoo! Sports:

eek mlb

The expression is eke out, not eek out, not eke out of, and definitely not eek out of. The word eek is what cartoon characters (and apparently women in the 1970s) say when they see a mouse:

eek a mouse

Josh Hamilton: A man for our season

Josh Hamilton is ours for the season. I think. Or maybe he’s out for the season. I think. What do you think this headline from Yahoo! Sports really means?

our for season spo

Prom? Is that your question?

It’s a short question, and it may mean something to a Yahoo! Style reader, but to me it’s nonsense:

prom ques sty hp

Prom? That’s the question? Uh, no. The question is: Are these kids too young to be dressing up for ‘prom’? The entire headline is a question, not just the word in the quotation marks.

It doesn’t take a genius

You don’t have to be a genius to know how to spell homogeneous. And if you can’t spell it (like the editors at yahoo.com), perhaps you could ask your employer for one of those newfangled thingies called a spell-checker. I hear they work quite well.

fp homogenous

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