James Franco in in ‘Milk’

There’s an extra word in in this photo caption from Yahoo! Movies:



How to look smart (avoid “stupid” typos)

Does anyone at Yahoo! Shine actually read what they’ve written?


Thank you for letting us know that clothes can “make one look plump just by putting then [sic] on.” I thought they made me look fat just by hanging in my closet. Oh, dopey me.

Jason Voorhees: Do not piss him off

I do not think the writer of this caption on Yahoo! Movies wants to anger the lead character in “Friday the 13th” by misspelling his name:


Mr. Voorhees likes his vowels doubled, but I don’t think he cares about the incorrect use of a hyphen following an adverb ending in LY.

No fair? No, fare

The writer of this excerpt from Yahoo! TV would have fared better using the correct word:


OMG! How many mistakes can one person make?

Although the writer of this Yahoo! omg! article can’t forget some horrible ensemble, he/she apparently can forget an apostrophe in a contraction:


But when an apostrophe does show up, it’s in the wrong place. And then again, it’s missing in another contraction:


I wonder what made the writer think this declarative sentence was a question:


Now here’s what could charitably be called a typo:


How many errors can one writer make? In this case, five.

Aspiring writers face the ultimate challenge

The challenge: What is the plural of chef? If you write for Yahoo! TV, you might think it involves an apostrophe:


I can see the writer now: Is it chefs? Cheves? What the heck! I’ll just add an apostrophe and S and be done with it!

Fake headlines: Another way confuse you

Just kidding. It’s not a fake headline. This is a real headline from Yahoo! Finance:


Way to anger an editor

One way to anger not only your readers but also your editor is to make a homophonous error like this one on Yahoo! Shine:


That was just way too easy to spot.

Oftentimes a hyphen goes missing

Oftentimes on the Web a character appears out of nowhere, dividing a perfectly fine word into two meaningless words. And it happens often on Yahoo! Shine:


And then, like magic, hyphens disappear from compound adjectives (like once-cute and 30-second).

Mysteriously in the same article, a capital letter in a title goes missing and worse, the apostrophe in the possessive boyfriend’s goes astray:


It’s all a great mystery. How do alleged professional writers add, subtract, and alter characters with such impunity?

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