Trump’d up charges

Are charges that Yahoo! News editors are careless just trumped up charges?

Maybe it’s only a typo and the editor really meant trumped. Or Trump’s.

I have nothing further to say

This appeared today on yahoo.com and nothing could be further from accurate than this use of farther:

Confused about the difference between further and farther? Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says:

Since the Middle English period many writers have used farther and further interchangeably. According to a relatively recent rule, however, farther should be reserved for physical distance and further for nonphysical, metaphorical advancement. Thus 74 percent of the Usage Panel prefers farther in the sentence If you are planning to drive any farther than Ukiah, you’d better carry chains, and 64 percent prefers further in the sentence We won’t be able to answer these questions until we are further along in our research.

Continually making an error

The folks at Yahoo! seem to make the same mistake continually. This time it’s Yahoo! News scribes who can’t tell the difference between continuously and continually:

I wasn’t in the Senate to verify this for myself, but I’m guessin’ that the legislation wasn’t being amended ceaselessly, without stop. But it may have been continually amended.

This appears to be wrong

One reader’s confidence in Yahoo! News appears to be shaken when the editors can’t match a singular subject (confidence) with the correct verb:

Maybe the editor will laywer-up

From the home page Yahoo! News, the world’s most trusted news source:

Not to be confused with imaginary bodies

I’m not surprised anymore when I see that writers for Yahoo! Style have no idea how to make a possessive out of a plural noun. It happens nearly every day:

So, the writer and editor didn’t know that athletes’s makes no sense (they should have written athletes’). What surprises me is the fact that they thought they needed to make it clear that it was physical bodies, and not imaginary bodies, that are the focus of “microagressions” (they should have written microaggressions).

Duggar family renting to religious tenant

The Duggar family, known in the States for their reality TV show, their strict fundamental beliefs, and their overly large family, is renting space to a religious tenant.

The Yahoo! Style article doesn’t mention if the renter is living with the Duggars. But renting to a Christian is certainly in keeping with the family’s religious tenets.

Not a good place for that

The front page of Yahoo! — yahoo.com — is allegedly one of the most visited pages in the world. So, you’d think the editors would be extra careful to avoid misspellings and typos. This is one of those:

The man is Nelsan Ellis and this is not a good time or place to misspell his name.

Try romancing a dictionary

This Yahoo! Style writer won’t be making headlines for her knowledge of English:

Her rumored romance with a dictionary is hoax. Perhaps her editor can enlighten her on the correct preposition to use in this situation.

Not a good place for this

Misspelling Dwyane Wade’s name on your home page? Not a good move, Yahoo! Style.

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