How many cyclists?

Were the grammatical geniuses at Yahoo! News referring to one cyclist or more than one cyclist?

If it’s one, then the apostrophe belongs before the S: cyclist’s. If it’s more than one, the apostrophe is okie-dokie and the rest of the teaser is nonsense. Either way, this is not journalism at its best.


Another grammatical gaffe surfaces

An “official” teaser and its grammatical gaffe surface online on the Yahoo! front page:

First, it’s a first lady

From Yahoo! Shine, we learn a lot about first ladies. And a lot more about the writer.

First, we learn that the writer has no idea when to hit the Shift key. The unofficial title first lady is not a proper noun:

And neither is administration, even when it is preceded by a president’s name. And there is no National Library. The correct name is the National First Ladies’ Library.

This writer needs help. She might find some aid in a dictionary, which would tell her an aide is a person:

Oh, lord. Again with a National Library, followed by a couple of pretty funny typos:

Even if there weren’t a typo here, this would still be wrong; Mrs. Kennedy did not win a prize for designing an entire issue of Vogue:

Golly, how did this slip past the spell-checker? Oh, yeah. Yahoo! writers don’t believe in spell-checkers. They believe in looking “real” by leaving in all the misspellings:

If you can have 215-odd appearances, why not 215 even appearances? Makes sense:

To a degree, this is correct; it’s just not a master’s degree:

You can learn a lot about America’s first ladies from Yahoo!. But you’ll learn a lot more about Yahoo!’s disdain for correct English and accuracy.

Crikey! It’s Nike

Crikey! What made the writer for Yahoo! front page think this was how to spell Nike?

Quoth the raven, ‘Again?’

Once again the Einsteins at Yahoo! have misspelled the name of the great American writer Edgar Allan Poe. This time it’s on the home page of Yahoo! Movies:

Lady Gaga, Jimmy Buffett collaborate

In an unlikely collaboration, Lady Gaga and Jimmy Buffett have teamed up to create an online game, according to the Yahoo! front page:

According to the article, however, Lady Gaga’s and Jimmy Buffett’s games are quite distinct.

So what’s up? The fact is, the editors have once again misled the public with their bad grammar. Since Ms. Gaga and Mr. Buffett each have a game, each must have an apostrophe and an S to show ownership.

This is supposed to be the news

Keep in mind, this is supposed to be the news. But, when so many mistakes — large and small — appear together the credibility of Yahoo! News suffers.

For a small example: There’s a missing apostrophe here:

and a typo here:

and a mistake that couldn’t be funnier:

(When comparing more than two things of people, use the superlative: funniest.)

This is supposedly Daniel Radcliffe:

Ya gotta admire a “journalist” who isn’t afraid to misspell his boss’s name, which is Ross Levinsohn:

of the name of the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel:

and somebody else who works for Yahoo! News, who is really Phil Pruitt:

Well, this is the first time this year that Yahoo! staffers attended the dinner?

That’s not exactly news since the dinner is held once a year and it’s the first time this year for all attendees.

Aw. They’re going to miss the whole thing!

Boy, are those guys from Yahoo! News gonna be in trouble! They’re sitting in the Capitol — you know, the building where the U.S. Congress meets — while all the action in the capital is happenin’ at the Washington Hilton. What jerks.

I bet the Capitol is pretty deserted on a Saturday night, what with all the folks over at the dinner. But ya gotta give those guys credit; they’re tweeting from an empty building about an event that’s happening about 4 miles away:

Maybe next year they’ll have enough time to have an editor check their headlines before they post them. I’m thinking someone who knows the difference between a capitol (which is a building) and a capital (which means the seat of government).

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Not much to see here on Yahoo! Movies. Just some problems involving a movie title: It’s “Godzilla, King of the Monsters.” And  some problems in what should be 24-hour period:

Blogger goes on quest

Anyone on a quest to discover the true state of  the English language need look no further than the Yahoo! front page. It’s there, on a page visited by millions of people around the world, that you’ll find the worst abuses of grammar, including this one:

“Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a movie. It’s singular and it takes a singular verb. That would be goes, not go.

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