Round up the mistakes!

If I could round up all the grammatical and spelling mistakes made by Yahoo! Style writers and editors and wrote a roundup of them, that would be quite a ginormous summary. I’d start with this:

round up sty 2

Clearly the writer doesn’t know that round up is a verb phrase and that roundup is a noun.

Shouldn’t you know that?

If you’re a writer who covers fashion, shouldn’t you know the names of the parts of a garment? Shouldn’t you know a sleeve from a waistband? A collar from a lapel?


The writer helpfully included a picture, showing the pin on the collar of the shirt:

lapel pic

You don’t need to be a fashion writer to know the difference between a lapel and a collar; it’s pretty much common knowledge among English-speaking people.  Except if you write for Yahoo! Style where subject-matter knowledge is not a requirement:

Dumbest Statement of the Day

This episode of Dumbest Statement of the Day comes to you from Yahoo! Makers, where makers make dumb mistakes:


What does “watercooler cookies” have to do with Monet, who was known for his paintings of water lilies? Uh, nothing. You might notice that the cookies look like they were painted with watercolors, and they are indeed called “Watercolor Cookies.” And what does that have to do with Monet? Uh, nothing. Monet didn’t paint with watercolors. So this writer screwed up the name of the cookies and screwed up with the reference to “Monet in the Bank.” Maybe that’s the dumbest statement of the week.

More games amount to more than one

Was the writer for the Yahoo! front page unable to figure out that games is plural? More grammar errors and having to face disgruntled readers amount to one amateurish webpage requiring a little editorial support:

fp amounts

This bears no resemblance to the correct word

Unless Abercrombie & Fitch are stripping down to their skivvies, this bears only the slightest resemblance to the correct word on Yahoo! Style:

bare sty

What a splendid spelling!

This splendid spelling on the Yahoo! front page is probably just a typo by a ham-fisted writer.

fp splended

It’s an easy mistake to make because the E key is right next to the I nobody at Yahoo! cares about accuracy.

Insulting Scarlett Johansson

So, misspelling Scarlett Johansson’s name in a headline on Yahoo! Style wasn’t bad enough:

johannson sty

The brain trust at Style had to come up with much larger text a black background, just to make sure the misspelling really, really stood out:


Dude, when ya’ havin’ that baby?

A caption for a photo of a preggers Kourtney Kardashian on Yahoo! Style:

dude date

I have nothing to say. Nothing.

Regarding that word…

If you’re ever tempted to say in regards to — don’t! Stop yourself before you look like this grammatically challenged writer on Yahoo! Style:

in regards to sty 2

The correct expression is in regard to. If you can’t remember which is correct (in regard to or in regards to), just say regarding. It’s shorter and will save you time and space.

And now my interest is piqued

This really piqued my interest. I couldn’t believe the mistake on Yahoo! Makers and I wondered if the writer even knew that piqued was a real word:

peaked diy


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