It’s not the Girl Scouts

It’s not the Girl Scouts on Yahoo! Shine, but it should be:

If you think that was just a typo, you’re overestimating the intelligence and knowledge of the Shine staffers. They are unable to understand when to hit the Shift key to give the Girl Scouts its due:


It’s not a bad day

Yesterday I thought that the editors on the Yahoo! front page were just having a bad day when mistake after mistake appeared on But now I’ve changed my mind. A true “bad day” is an aberration, an oddity in the midst of good days. But the folks on don’t actually have good days. Every day is a bad day.

Here’s a few more mistakes they made on Tuesday. There’s a typo in what should be Hitler:

There’s this astounding revelation: a myth has been shown to be unfounded. Duh. A myth is unfounded. That’s why it’s called a myth:

I don’t know what “rifle guard” is, but I know what an “armed guard” is:

This isn’t the the only time that the the word the has been repeated on Yahoo!:

Bad day? Nah, just a typical day at the home of the most visited page on the Internet.

Do you mean John Hancock?

The most famous signer in the U.S. is John Hancock, whose florid signature appears on the Declaration of Independence. But he’s been dead for a few years. So who’s the signer that was banned in Malaysia? Only the folks working on the Yahoo! front page know:

Sometimes ya’ just gotta say it

Sometimes I just gotta come out and say it: Whoever wrote this for Yahoo! Shine should be fired:

This is the kind of misspelling you might find in a second-grade classroom. It is not what you would expect from a professional. It is not what you should expect from an Internet giant. Sadly, this kind of idiotic mistake happens every day on Yahoo!.

Having a bad day?

Those genius editors working on the Yahoo! front page had a really bad day yesterday. So bad, in fact, that I almost feel sorry for them. It must be awfully discouraging to work for a company that has no interest in the quality of what you produce. A company that lets you publish terrible typos, grammatical goofs, and massive misspellings on what is allegedly the most visited page on the Web.

How bad would you feel if you wrote this?

Wouldn’t you be embarrassed to learn that you made a simple noun, like northern lights, into a capitalized one?

Maybe you’d start looking for other employment if you felt that your employer doesn’t know the difference between a carat (the weight of a gem) and a karat (a measure of the fineness of gold):

I know I’d be red-faced if I couldn’t spell al Qaida right twice:

But that’s not all! There’s a word missing here:

and a misspelled ex-defendant here:

and a bit of nonsense that might be code for ingredient:

and a major grammatical embarrassment there:

That’s a lot of mistakes for one day. (And that’s not even all of them. Check out previous posts from Monday.) How bad would you feel after having a day like that?

Learn to use Google

Hey, editors for the Yahoo! front page, do you think you might learn to use Google? Like to do a search to find out if Sacha Baron Cohen’s last name is Baron Cohen? It is! It’s not Cohen!

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

Attempting to display a vast knowledge of the French language, the editor for the Yahoo! front page just ends up looking a little silly:

The actor’s name is Jean Dujardin. There’s just one capital J and it’s not in his surname. In French “du jardin” means “of the garden or backyard” or “homegrown.” But that doesn’t mean you get to show off your knowledge of French by capitalizing a person’s name to conform to what you believe is correct. A little knowledge of French is a dangerous thing.

Back to kindergarten for you!

When does 2 + 1 = 2? When you’re reading Yahoo! News‘ “The Cutline.” This reporter needs to go back to kindergarten:

Another day’s worth of errors

Joking! This isn’t a full day’s worth of errors that will appear on the Yahoo! front page. It’s just one more goof:

The expression seven nights worth includes the quasi-possessive seven nights, which needs an apostrophe. Omitting the apostrophe is a mistake Yahoo! has made before.

Your writing is virtually identical to a second-grader’s

Unless I’m completely missing the point, there’s a glaring error on the Yahoo! front page:

Is Romney’s record nearly identical to Obama? Or to Obama’s record? If it’s the latter, then the writer has dropped an apostrophe and an S.

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