Going rouge

Is my face red! That’s what I’d say if I were the editor for yahoo.com:

This is a rogue monster wave:

This is a rouge monster wave:

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War of words

In a war of words between Yahoo News editors and people familiar with English grammar, the editors would lose:

Let’s hope the war of words escalates to a point that Yahoo staffers admit that they couldn’t match a verb (which should be escalates) to its subject (which is war).

What can you glean from this?

Here’s a shining example of an incorrect word choice on Yahoo Lifestyle:

It’s so glowingly bad it practically gleams. What can you glean from this mistake? That Yahoo doesn’t think competent editors are necessary and using the correct word is irrelevant.

 

Readers vow to stand up to errors

In other news, according to Yahoo News, European leaders vow to “stand-up” to Trump:

With a hyphen, stand-up is a variant of standup, which is an adjective (he’s a standup guy) or noun (he’s a comedian who only does standup). As a verb, it’s stand up, without a hyphen and the idiom that means “to confront” is stand up to, also without a hyphen.

New York AG proponent of sexual misconduct?

I’m scratching myself and wiping the dandruff off my keyboard over this teaser on Yahoo News:

I know what an opponent of sexual misconduct is. But what is an opponent against sexual misconduct? I think it means the attorney general of New York is a proponent of the shady activity. He’s also accused of non-consenual behavior, which is another head-scratcher. Maybe if Yahoo’s editors used a spell-checker they would tell us that it’s consensual behavior.

Being to feel

I’m beginning to feel that the folks at Yahoo News don’t believe in proofreading:

What color is the roof of your mouth?

Somehow, the writer for Yahoo Lifestyle managed to see the roofs of the mouths of a “stylish group.” I wonder what a brightly colored palate looks like:

I also wonder why the writer and her editor don’t know that palate refers to the roof of the mouth and palette refers to a selection of colors. (I also wonder why there’s a hyphen following brightly. It’s considered wrong to put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word it modifies.)

Are your policies benefiting readers?

Are Yahoo News’ policies benefiting its readers? I don’t know what the company’s policies are, but I know what they should adopt: Requiring that headlines be proofread by an actual human being before they’re published. In that way, the Internet giant might avoid embarrassments like this:

A spell-checker won’t have caught that typo. Nor would it have flagged this as a spelling mistake:

I’m not going to say that the Yahoo editors are pulling a total con job on readers. This is just one more reminder that you can’t rely on a spell-checker. But there’s one benefit — at least for me. I learned that puling is a real word; it means whimpering or whining.

 

Editor kicks off letter

A typo isn’t unusual on yahoo.com, and generally a typo doesn’t merit attention. But when it kicks off a letter in a word critical to the readers’ comprehension, a typo is serious mistake:

The lesson for all of us: Don’t rely solely on a spell-checker to do your proofreading.

If only there were a way…

If only there were a way to check the spelling of app names. Like, if the folks at Yahoo News had a picture of the app Grindr so that they could see how it’s spelled. Wouldn’t that be great!?

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