Wrong, wrong and too much

From the Yahoo! front page, it’s a couple of mistakes and more info than the online reader needs.

The incorrectly capitalized Asian tiger mosquito:

A tip about you car:

And an example of unnecessary words, to explain that small refers to size (because “purple in size” or “small in color” just sound awkward):


Johnny Depp misstep

Oh, lordie. What are they smoking in the offices of the Yahoo! front page?

Just when I think they editors can’t find another name to mangle, they prove me wrong.

I should have stopped reading

After reading the very first sentence of the very first paragraph, I should have stopped reading the article on Yahoo! Shine:

But I felt compelled to read on in hopes that by reading the article I’d learn something about a writer who is so careless or ignorant that she’d make a mistake like that.

Maybe the writer was from Mars. Nah. If she were, she’d know how to spell the name of the planet. As an earthling, she should have learned how to write numbers. Most style guides insist that numbers greater than nine (or ten), should be communicated using numerals:

Maybe she really is from another planet. She’s obviously having trouble with numbers again. She doesn’t realize that two is more than one, and that the apostrophe belongs after the S to indicate the plural researchers:

I’m pretty sure that here on Earth, all fire is bacteria-resistant:

That ’80s reference needs an apostrophe to denote missing numerals. Two dudes? OK, she’s definitely from another nonluminous celestial body. The two researchers she’s trying to write about are one man and one woman.

Did I learn anything more about this writer? Nope. She produces really sloppy writer. Does the reason really matter?

Headline writer uninvited from job

The writer of this headline on Yahoo! News needs to be uninvited from his or her current position:

Guy Ritchie: Missing the T

From Yahoo! omg! — Just another misspelling of a celebrity’s name, one of more than 1100 people assaulted at the keyboard of Yahoo! staffers.

One of these people is not like the others

One of these people is not like the others. Do you know who?

Madeleine Albright
George H. W. Bush
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
Shirley Temple Black
Daniel Patrick Moynihan

If you guessed Shirley Temple Black, you’d be right. She’s the only person in the list who has not served as a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  Ms. Black was a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN, but never UN ambassador.

This bit of fiction is brought to you by Yahoo! Movies.

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