It’s an April Fools’ prank a day early

Ha! I bet the editor for Yahoo! Shine thinks she’s fooled me with a April 1st prank a day early! But I’m wise to her. Her claim that Rosie O’Donnell has taken the “helm” at Harpo is hilarious!

We all know that Oprah Winfrey would never relinquish control of her media empire. And we know that Rosie has just inked a deal to tape her new show at Harpo Studios.

The writer of this headline is a riot! You’d have to be dumber than the village idiot to believe this. Or to have written it.


Dana Delany gains a little

Dana Delany picks up a little letter thanks to the folks at Yahoo! Movies:

Did ‘Top Chef’ female contestants have plastic surgery?

I don’t know what to make of this teaser on the Yahoo! Shine home page:

Apparently the female contestants from “Top Chef” are associated with a decline in plastic surgery. Did they undergone a nip and tuck? Or are they responsible for the decrease in nips and tucks?

Imagine if it were government-controlled

Imagine if use of the English language were government-controlled. Imagine if reporters for so-called news sites like Yahoo! News‘ “The Cutline” were required to know the difference between a building (like a capitol) and a city (like, oh, say, maybe a capital). Then we wouldn’t see crap like this:

Imagine if a reporter whose beat is the media were actually required to know something about the media. He’d only have to be remotely familiar with Gannett to know this is a misspelling:

Imagine if Internet giants like Yahoo!, which publishes original “news” articles, actually cared enough about its readers to employ competent writers and editors. Imagine.

Yuk! Your mistakes suck

This teaser from Yahoo! Shine. Yuk or yes?

I think it sucks. Cheetos is a trademark deserving of a big C. A yak is a shaggy haired ox. And the writer is hack.

Epitome of arrogance

There’s a certain arrogance about a writer who is so sure of herself that she can’t be bothered to check facts, even a fact as simple as a name.

She misspelled the name at least once before. But now this staffer for Yahoo! Shine decided that wasn’t enough. So she misspelled Elizabeth and David Emanuel’s surname here:

and here:

and here:

and here:

and here:


I call it arrogance. You might call it laziness, carelessness, indifference, or moronic.

It’s too much of a bother

It’s just too much trouble to figure out whether the word archaeology or archeology. Normally, a writer would pick one spelling and stick with it. But if you write for Yahoo! News‘ “The Lookout,” it really doesn’t matter; use them both:

Even if you questioned how to capitalize Dead Sea Scrolls, it’s a real pain in the patootie to look it up, isn’t it? So, don’t bother. Also, don’t bother doing a spell-check. No one will notice the misspelled candelabra here:

I know it’s a difficult word to spell, but com’on! You’re a professional writer and should know how to Google a book of the Bible. It looks like you didn’t even try to spell Ecclesiastes:

Most unreliable news site on the Web

Not long ago, “The Cutline,” a blog from Yahoo! News, claimed that the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton would take place on November 29. As if that blunder weren’t enough to earn Yahoo! the title of Most Unreliable News Site on the Web, today the Yahoo! News blog turns in a new date for the big day:

OK, at least this time the reporter got the month right. But the day? Not so much.

Another GOP primary hurdle?

GOP candidates campaigning for votes now have another primary to worry about: A debate primary. Apparently, as reported by the brainiac at Yahoo! News‘ “The Ticket,” they’ll first have to conquer a primary before an actual debate scheduled for September:

We’re losing the battle

It’s time to throw in the towel, wave the white flag. We’re losing the battle over the difference between lose and loose. When professional writers, like those at Yahoo! Shine, don’t care about using the right word, why should we?

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