Digging out after bad snowstorms

The writer of this headline on the Yahoo! front page needs to dig out that dusty dictionary and check the spelling of snowstorms:


The existence of occurrence

The existence of two misspellings in one sentence is not exactly a unique occurrence on Yahoo! Movies:

What was she thinking?!

What was the writer for Yahoo! Shine thinking when she decided to chop up mohawked with a hyphen?

What was going through her brain when she wrote this?

It’s probably true that if there were actually a school called the University of Austin, it would be in Texas. But it’s the University of Texas that has an Austin campus. And why didn’t she put all those commas within what should be quotation marks?

Clearly, she has a limited grasp of the correct use of punctuation. Why include a comma here, before a parenthesis?

What was going on in her mind when she wrote this? Was she so distracted she didn’t notice she dropped a word?

Was she so distracted that she didn’t notice she dropped a letter from Sylvia Plath?

Notice anything odd here? The first name of the woman the writer refers to isn’t Elizabeth (it’s Elisabeth) and her last name isn’t Hasselback (it’s Hasselbeck); other than that, this is perfect:

What did she think re means?

It means “in reference to,” not “that is.” A relevant abbreviation might be i.e.

The comparative littler needs something to be compared to. Was that just a typo? Like the misplaced period, the use of apostrophes instead of real quotation marks, and the capitalized pronoun you?

What was she thinking? Or was she thinking at all?

About your less-than-perfect writing

Whoever picked these headlines for the Yahoo! front page should have done a little editing before subjecting the public to them:

I know I don’t have to tell you that Halloween needs a capital letter and less-than-perfect needs some hyphens. I also don’t have to tell regular readers of Terribly Write where these headlines come from: they’ve already figured out that they’re headlines appearing on Shine, Yahoo!’s very own site for women.

Kicking ass and taking names

I’m not a violent person, but I think it’s time to kick ass and take names. I’m speaking figuratively, of course.  So while we’re virtually kicking ass, let’s start with the writers, editors, and reporters who can’t spell the names of persons famous and obscure. I’ve come across quite a few names that they’ve abused recently and compiled just some of them. There are lots more, but I got tired.

From Yahoo! Music’s “That’s Really Week,” this is supposed to be Axl Rose:

From Yahoo! Shine, a crappy spelling of Stieg Larsson:

Also from Yahoo! Shine, an insult to the beloved Fozzie Bear:

The reporter the Yahoo! News blog “The Envoy” makes a try at spelling Liam Stack:

From the Yahoo! News blog “The Lookout,” evidence that the writer doesn’t know John Engberg here:

and here:

The Yahoo! News blog “The Ticket” gets Marcy Kaptur’s once, but not again:

In another article from the Yahoo! News blog “The Ticket,” a slap in the face to the first lady, Michelle Obama:

From Yahoo! Movies, what I can only hope is a typo:

And another from Yahoo! Movies — this time it’s Salma Hayek:

A really bad misspelling of Jamie Lee Curtis, from a Yahoo! Movies writer, who should know better:

Alma Zack is not a household name, but neither is this person on Yahoo! Movies:

Yet another misspelling from Yahoo! Movies. This is supposed to be Micah Lewensohn:

They’ll all be added to the list of more than 1000 names that have been misspelled on Yahoo!. But not now. I have to go lie down.

And we thought we knew how to spell

You don’t know Emily Dickinson as well as you think you do if you can’t even spell her name.

Thanks to the editors at the Yahoo! front page for the lesson.

Why I soured on Yahoo! News

While real news outlets are reporting that Herman Cain’s popularity has soared, the Yahoo! News blog “The Ticket” has an entirely different view:

Let’s be charitable and call this a simple typo, although on my keyboard the letter A isn’t anywhere near the letter U. But why wasn’t this error caught during the editing process? Oh, yeah, there is no editing on Yahoo!.

When clothes look like people

Penelope Cruz wore an outfit that looked like an actor? How can that be? According to the editors on the Yahoo! front page it happened on the red carpet:

If she’d worn an outfit that looked similar to an actor’s (or an actor’s outfit), I’d understand. But this has me totally confused.

Your writing and editing kill me

It just kills me that the editors working on the Yahoo! front page (one of the most visited pages on the Interwebs) can’t match a verb to its subject:

The subject is bombing and shooting; the verb should be kill.

Trying to work out your workout

If you like to work out, you might enjoy this teaser on the Yahoo! front page. If you like the English language, you won’t.

The correct word is work out; workout is a noun.

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