My selfie’s what?

This guy’s selfie beats my selfie’s what? My selfie’s stick? What did the writer for Yahoo! Travel mean?

selfies apos tra

I think it means the writer doesn’t know how to form a plural of a word ending in -IE. Maybe next time we’ll see a headline about tie’s and lie’s.

Was it matched up with feathers?

If something is “paired down,” does that mean it was matched up with feathers? No, it means that the Yahoo! Style writer doesn’t know the difference between pair (which means to join or match in a set or pair) and pare (which means to reduce or trim).

paired down sty

Girls Scouts are not a group of singers

This writer for Yahoo! Style probably doesn’t know that Girl Scouts are not a group of touring dancers, actors, or other entertainers. That would be a troupe of girls. Girls Scouts are organized into troops:

troupe sty

Dumbest Statement of the Day

In an article about Riley Keough, the writer for Yahoo! Style makes one dumb mistake of a random possessive followed by an even dumber one:

elvis granddad sty

Ms. Keough is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. Elvis Presley is not her dad, but her grandfather.

You sing chords

Even though you may sing chords, you don’t use your vocal chords. They’re vocal cords and that’s what the writer Yahoo! Style should have written:

vocal chords sty

Do you know what it is?

Do you think that the editors at know what a Realtor is? I don’t. If they knew that Realtor is a service mark for a real-estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors, they wouldn’t have treated the word as a common noun:

fp realtor 2

Dumbest Statement of the Day

I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the writer for Yahoo! Celebrity is not a college graduate:

matriculation cel

A college graduate would know that matriculation is admission into a college or university; it is what happens about four years before graduation.

Evoking memories of errors past

Seeing this use of invoke on Yahoo! Style evokes memories of past mistakes made by Yahoo! writers:

invoke sty

If you mean “to call for support or assistance,” use invoke. If you mean (as this writer did) “to call to mind,” use evoke (as this writer didn’t).

Dumbest Statement of the Day

It took a whole team of Yahoo! Style “editors” to come up with this statement:

late night

David Letterman’s departure from his late night show has been documented on the Web (including Yahoo!), in traditional newspapers and magazines, on TV and on the radio. So how did the brain trust at Yahoo! Style screw this up so badly?

Mr. Letterman did not spend 33 years as the host of “The Late Night Show.” In fact, there is no program called “The Late Night Show.” He spent 11 years hosting “Late Night with David Letterman” followed by 22 years at the helm of “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Maybe the kids who wrote this are just too young to stay up after 10 o’clock. Maybe someone will teach them to read and show them how to do a Google search. Maybe someone at Yahoo! will hold them to a higher standard than “make up any information you want.” Maybe the Earth will crash into the sun.

It’s not a corporation

The Peace Corps is not a corporation, in spite of what you might read on Yahoo! Finance:

peace corp fin

I don’t know if Corp is meant to be an abbreviation for Corporation or if the writer just doesn’t know how to spell Corps. Doesn’t matter. It’s just wrong.


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