D’oh. Dooughnuts and other stupid mistakes on a corporate blog

In a post on Yahoo!’s corporate blog, Yodel Anecdotal, the number of errors proves that even Yahoo! employees don’t use the company’s search technology. The mistakes are even more embarrassing for the Internet giant because the post features popular search terms and misspelled search queries made by Yahoo!’s users.

It’s pretty clear that the writer also doesn’t use a spell=checker. D’oh. It’s doughnuts with an extra doughnut hole here:

Anyone who reads Yahoo! Sports knows that NBA Finals is a proper noun. Whether web is also a proper noun is up for debate. Yahoo! staffers don’t agree on that one. But everyone agrees that Heat, the name of an NBA team, needs to be capitalized, that LeBron James requires another capital letter, and that Dwyane Wade is the correct spelling of the basketball player. Any professional writer or editor should know when to use the subjective mood and would have used “were based”:

If the writer had tried Googling “Mike Spoelstra,” he or she would have discovered that the coach’s name is  Erik Spoelstra. A true professional would have used the numerals 34 for the age and would never screw up the use of dashes like this:

Holy crap! There’s no excuse for misspelling Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme. The missing hyphens in the compound adjectives gluten-free and low-cal are minor errors in a cesspool of gaffes:

What does this blog post say about the writer and Yahoo!?


5 Responses to “D’oh. Dooughnuts and other stupid mistakes on a corporate blog”

  1. PJW Says:

    I’m using your blog in my high school English class. The students love it! And they’re learning a lot. Thanks for providing such a useful and fun resource.

    • Laura Says:

      I’m gratified that you find Terribly Write of value in teaching. I’ve heard from several other teachers who also use it in the classroom — if only to illustrate what not to do.

  2. Carly B. Says:

    I’ve seen high school newspapers that were better written than this!

  3. Punk-You-A-Shun Says:

    I don’t read many company blogs, but I think it’s safe to say that Yahoo’s has to be the worst written. This is astounding!

  4. Grammar gramma Says:

    Shakes head in disbelief.

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