The folks at yahoo.com took a big risk today by failing to consult a dictionary before publishing this mess:
How did the editor in chief of Yahoo! Makers make it to that somewhat lofty position when she knows so little about language and grammar? On the home page of the site, she writes about this DIY ladder:
This is a palette:
The ladder in question is made of pallets. Is that homophonic mistake just the result of a mental hiccup? Does the editor in chief really not the difference between a palette and a pallet. Uh, yes, she doesn’t know the difference. In the article behind that headline she writes:
Is it any wonder that the writing on Yahoo! Makers isn’t up to the standards of a typical high school newspaper?
Do any of the writers and editors at Yahoo! Style know actual English grammar? I’m talkin’ about the ability to match a subject (like, oh, say, tickets) with its verb (which ain’t goes):
Apparently it’s just too hard to find the subject in some sentences (I’m lookin’ at you, one) so that they can come up with the correct form of the verb (which ain’t were):
Does anyone there know correct grammar? Does anyone there care?
Does anyone writing or editing for Yahoo! speak actual, correct English? Is this writer for Yahoo! Style just an anomaly?
She should be capitalizing on any chance she gets to learn to use correct words with verbs. There’s no stigma associated with improving your writing. You might even avoid this mistake, found on Yahoo! Celebrity:
Here’s a use for quotation marks on Yahoo! Makers that indicates in spite of the fact these are ugly holiday sweaters, they are not actually ugly holiday sweaters:
Quotation marks can be used to indicate direct speech, a title, or irony. So what’s their purpose in this headline? I think it’s to indicate that the editor has no idea when to use punctuation.
Someone at yahoo.com needs to learn to proofread. If they did, they’d take this from from this teaser:
Do you trust Yahoo! as a source for news? You might not after reading this on the Yahoo! front page:
If you questioned the math (if the Kyoto agreement was signed in 1974, what’s up with the claim it was 18 years ago?), you’re a more careful reader than Yahoo!’s editors. The agreement was signed 18 years ago — in 1997.