John Krasinski: How does this happen?

How does someone who presumably knows something about popular TV shows like “The Office” misspell John Krasinski’s first and last name?

Regular readers of Terribly Write will recognize the fine work of Yahoo! TV‘s writers.


Mesbian or just a mess?

It could have been a clever, humorous article about male lesbians, or mesbians. Instead it’s just a mess. The article, on Yahoo! Shine, illustrates how grammatical errors, misspellings, and other goofs can turn a writer from the source of humor to the target of derision.

Not all errors, however, are horrifying. This lowercased Ani DiFranco isn’t horrible, just careless:

The apostrophe needed to indicate that some numerals are missing is a rookie mistake. But when it’s missing in let’s (to indicate it’s a contraction of let us), it’s misleading:

There’s a missing word in “reminded her about breast cancer checks,” and a verb (like was) is needed before “way too.” Eyebrow is one word and a sentence needs some sort of punctuation to show it’s ended. I recommend a period before the right parenthesis.

Unless the markets are selling actual farmers, there should be an apostrophe in farmers’ markets:

Matte sounds like some sort of flat coffee drink. I’d prefer a latte:

Why, oh why, would someone put a hyphen here?

Perhaps if the writer had a dictionary on her bookshelf, and referred to it occasionally, she wouldn’t make two words out of one and wouldn’t misspell Anais Nin:

I have no idea who or what a “nag chopra” is, but the incense is called Nag Champa and it might be in the hands of a Buddha on a windowsill:

More errors like splitting pickup

misspelling patchouli and misplacing a period might be overlooked by some readers, but not all:

Clearly there’s a misspelling here, but what about the capitalized Mesbian? Who knows if that’s correct? Not the writer, who coined the term and can’t decide if it’s a proper or common noun:

Jeez. Look something up, will ya? It’s Adrian Grenier and prototype, not these messes:

Yet another typo (or considering this writer’s spelling ability, it might just be a misspelling):

And did she could actually think this is a word?

More proof that this spelling-challenged writer shouldn’t be allowed out on the Web without benefit of an editor:

Honey, it’s Patagonia. And you’ve turned a potentially entertaining article into a mess.

Neil Patrick Harris’ partner in a burka?

Was David Burtka in the cloak worn by some Muslim women on the Emmy red carpet?

Or is this just one more horrendous spelling error by the geniuses at Yahoo! TV?

Officially not an officiator

Is this the most ridiculous statement to ever appear on Yahoo! Shine? “Her rubbed her back.” Really? Let’s be charitable and call that a typo and not a grammatical gaffe. But I have to call the break up of breakup with a hyphen an error:

This is officially the worst misspelling of Reichen Lehmkuhl:

Let’s get this straight: Let’s is a contraction (for let us) and officiator is not a word (the official word is officiant):

Lloyd Dobler: Write anything

It seems that the writer for Yahoo! Shine will write anything, without verifying the facts. Take this misspelling of Lloyd Dobler, the character from “Say Anything”:

A quick search on Google would have turned up the correct spelling and saved the writer public embarrassment.

Chris Colfer: Not so gleeful?

Do you think Chris Colfer of “Glee” is less than happy with this photo caption on Yahoo! TV?

Oh, Cajun? OK!

If I were Cajun, I’d be ragin’ at the insulting treatment from the editors working on the Yahoo! front page:

A Cajun is a Louisianan descended from French colonists exiled from Acadia in the 18th century, but the word (which is a proper noun) is often used to refer to anyone from Louisiana.

Steve and Nancy Carell dissed at the Emmys?

Some people might consider this photo caption on Yahoo! TV an insult to Steve Carell and his wife Nancy:

As if misspelling their surname weren’t bad enough, the writer commits a great grammatical gaffe with the mismatched subject and verb.

Who walked the Emmy red carpet with Scott Bakula’s wife?

That certainly looks like Chelsea Field in the photo from the Emmy red carpet on Yahoo! TV. So who was the man she was with?

Don’t trust what you read on Yahoo!. That was, in fact, Scott Bakula with his wife, Chelsea Field. I suppose you could call her “guest,” but wouldn’t you expect a little more specific information from supposed entertainment writers? Like her name. And his name.

Was that Julianna Margulies at the Emmys?

It sure looks like Julianna Margulies in the photo on Yahoo! TV. But noooo. It’s someone who looks remarkably like the actress:

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