Mistakes, big and small

There are little mistakes and big mistakes. And then there are the mistakes made by Yahoo! Shine‘s senior features editor. They tend to be really big, stupid mistakes.

This misplaced period is one I’d classify as a little mistake. The period belongs before the closing parenthesis because the words inside the parentheses form a complete sentence:

I’m still trying to figure out what screaming fans hoard. Autographs? Photos of the royals?

Maybe the editor has been watching too many episodes of “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” Maybe she has a limited grasp of English, and can’t tell the difference between hoard and horde and eke and leak. Maybe she’s just an idiot.

She’s made up a term! Good for her! Now all she has to do is make up a consistent spelling for it:

There’s some reference to Freddie Mercury’s band, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense in this context:

If she meant the woman who wears the crown in England, then she should have written queen. It’s not a proper noun unless it directly precedes the queen’s name.

Mistakes, big and small and stupid. You’ll find them every day on Shine.


2 Responses to “Mistakes, big and small”

  1. Jerzee Girl Says:

    I don’t understand how people can confuse “hoard” and “horde.” They must be complete illiterates. BTW, I love this blog and use it in my high-school English class for examples of what not to do.

  2. Vienna T. Says:

    Of all the stupid writers Yahoo has working for it, this one has to be the stupidest.

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