Maybe she’s an egomaniac

What do you call a writer whose works appear on one of the most popular sites on the Internet, and yet doesn’t bother to spell-check her pearls? Arrogant? Lazy? Or maybe simply an egomaniac who doesn’t believe she could make a mistake? Me? I’d call her a writer for Yahoo! Shine:

Someone who doesn’t bother to proofread her gems wouldn’t notice a missing parenthesis, a missing word, a misspelled FAO Schwarz, and the quaint amidst:

This description of a hairstyle is so confusing, I bet even the writer has no idea what she meant:

It should come as no surprise that the woman knows little about punctuation or grammar. The period belongs before the closing parenthesis (because that’s a complete sentence inside the parens). She could remove the ring more easily (an adverb is required to modify the verb remove). Is tweet a proper noun? No, it’s not. It’s now accepted as a verb:

Here’s a sighting of a homophonic error and a truly ridiculous grammatical error:

Maybe this writer is an egomaniac. Maybe she needs to ask for an editor. Maybe she just doesn’t care.


Couldn’t they find someone who speaks English?

Geez. If the folks on the Yahoo! front page are going to outsource the writing on, don’t you think they could find a country where the people actually speak English?

Tabbing a waitress involves placing tabs on the unlucky girl. The brilliant writer probably meant taps, which means “picks.”

As for the photo of that bored fan? It shows a guy whose seat cannot keep him in the game.

(I really don’t know if Yahoo! is outsourcing the writing on its front page. But I do know that whoever writes this crap has a tenuous grasp on the English language. And that’s not a good trait for a writer.)

Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore’

Will we ever see a day when the Yahoo! front page is error-free? It’s unlikely. The people who can’t spell Edgar Allan Poe’s name are just going to keep making mistakes:

When it comes to misspellings on the Yahoo! front page, let us all quote “The Raven”: Nevermore.

Lightening the mental load

Sometimes being a writer is just soooo hard. You have to be able to use a computer and that keyboard thingie. You have to be able to write real words — and not just any words, they have to be the right words. But sometimes I get so nervous about trying to pick the absolutely, totally correct and awesome word, that I make a mistake.

Like just today, I was writing an article for Yahoo! Shine and I needed to find the right word to go before the word bolt. Was it lightning or lightening? If only there were some way to see which word to choose. Like a picture or something, ya know?

I remember what Mark Twain said. He was a great American writer. Mr. Twain said, “The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Or maybe he said “lightening and the lightening bug.”

Not in the right mood for this

This would have been fine had the writer run to a grammar site for information about the subjunctive mood:

But if you write for Yahoo! News, grammatical correctness is completely optional.

Who ya gonna call?

I almost burst out in laughter when I read this on Yahoo! Shine:

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