Low and lower

I was reading an article on Yahoo! Makers when lo and behold, there was an incorrectly capitalized valentine (when you’re writing about a card, it’s a common noun) and a homophonic horror that’s become all-too-common on Yahoo!:

valentine cap low diy

Something else is scrambled

It looks like this headline and picture on Yahoo! Food got a bit scrambled:

scrambled eggs food

That doesn’t look like scrambled eggs to me.

Get the lead out!

Ya’ gotta wonder what led the Yahoo! Style to think that this was the correct word:

lead the pack sty

Although lead can be pronounced led, it’s not the past tense of the verb lead. That would be led.

Check your calendar

Anyone who trusts that the Yahoo! Style writer knows how to read a calendar is a tad foolish:

sunday sty

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, February 14. The Grammys are on the 15th, but that would be Monday.

Lay off the bevvy before you write

The editor for Yahoo! Style needs to lay off alcohol before she writes. It obviously clouds her spelling ability:

bevvy sty new

It’s no wonder that there are so many errors on Yahoo!, considering an editor doesn’t know that a group is a bevy and bevvy is British slang for an alcoholic beverage.

Under no uncertain terms

So, there’s a space missing in this excerpt from Yahoo! Style:

under no uncertain sty

No biggie. But that’s not why this paragraph made it to Terribly Write. Let me say this in no uncertain terms: Under no circumstance does “under no uncertain terms” make sense.

Were they Alps?

Oh, those sneak peaks! You just can’t trust ’em. Be they Himalayas, Alps, Sierras. It doesn’t matter — some peaks just love to sneak. Just take a peek at this peaks on Yahoo! Style:

sneak peaks sty

Just because the words sneak and peek rhyme, don’t assume that they’re spelled similarly, unless you’re referring to mountains. Now those would be peaks.

Ah, the sweet smell of granite!

Who doesn’t love the smell of granite, especially when it’s nashi pear granite. Now there’s a fragrance that’s captured the scent, and Yahoo! Beauty has the inside scoop:

granite bea

Speaking of scoops, I’d love a scoop of nashi pear granita right now. I just love the smell of the icy dessert, made with nashi (or Asian) pears.

That is not right

If you’re following these instructions on Yahoo! Makers, you may be stumped when it comes to step 3:

ie mak

Well, I guess that instruction would work if your initials and the initials of your beloved are K.B. and W.C. Otherwise, you’re screwed. Who wants a keepsake with someone else’s initials burned into it?

Of course, an editor familiar with common abbreviations (even those taken from Latin words) would have changed that i.e. to something else. A competent editor would know that i.e. stands for id est, meaning “that is or namely.” It’s often confused with e.g., which is the abbreviation that means “for example.” But why use an abbreviation at all? If you’re a Yahoo! writer, you’re sure to use the wrong one and your reader might not understand either one. So, go with real English words; for example, for example.

Don’t bother reading the article

I wouldn’t bother reading the article behind this headline on Yahoo! Finance:

defend contro fin

Why? Because if the writing in the article is as bad as this headline, it’s not to be trusted. This headline alleges that the CEO of Quicken defended a controversy. That makes no sense. The man defended his company’s ad.


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