David Schwimmer and a child molester

Talk about un-P.C.! Putting a caption about a child molester under a picture of David Schwimmer has got to be the worst. That’s what Yahoo! Shine did:


Oh, there’s a typo, too. Maybe that’s the worst.

City, country, comma

Apparently the residents of Obama and Japan cheered when Sen. Obama won the presidential election. At least that’s what the Yahoo! front page implies:


It’s the perfect example of why a comma is required between a city and nation and following the nation. The rule applies to cities and states, too. Someone should tell the folks in Sunnyvale, California, that a comma’s missing on the most visited page on the Web.

That really bites

I’m not opposed to new coinages when the language doesn’t provide the perfect word to express a writer’s thoughts or emotions. Maybe that’s what the writer of this sound bite from Yahoo! Shine was trying to do:


Unfortunately, when there’s already a perfectly fine word in existence, you don’t display your etymological creativity. You just look illiterate. And that really bites.

How long does it take to correct a typo?

How long does it really take to correct a typo on Yahoo! Shine?


Careless gentleman

Let’s hope that this is just the result of carelessness and not a case of a writer on Yahoo! Shine not knowing the plural of gentleman is gentlemen:


Come to think of it, is carelessness really a more acceptable excuse than ignorance?

How much did the typo influence you?

How much does a typo like this one on Yahoo! Shine influence your opinion?


When kalamata olives are right

Actually, kalamata olives are right all the time. But the olives mentioned on Yahoo! Shine aren’t:


Election night is not the time for errors

If you’re explaining the jargon of election night, make sure your statements are correct and your commas are in the right places. Start with the headline, like this one from Yahoo! News:


Make sure you don’t capitalize a common noun. Then, make sure that verbs agree with their subject, even if they’re separated by “but other pundits”:


Are your statements accurate? This parenthetical statement is only partly correct:


Nebraska isn’t the only exception to the winner-take-all rule. Maine can also split its electoral votes.

Don’t let an extraneous word trip up your readers and further erode your credibility:


And use quotation marks correctly to help your readers:


Inside quoted matter, use single quotation marks and don’t overdo the quotation marks at the end.

Explaining the complexities of the election is an important and worthy endeavor. But errors and typos (even minor ones) can adversely affect your trustworthiness.

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