Tied up in nots

It’s just knot funny. When a basketball score is tied, some sports writers refer to it as “knotted.” Not the “journalist” for Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally.” He has his own word for it:

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A well-deserved bad rap

This writer for Yahoo! Shine may get a bad rap for her writing skills, and it’s well-deserved. She’s unfamiliar with basic rules of punctuation: There’s no need for a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and that word it modifies. She doesn’t know a real buzzword from her made-up “buzz” words. And her ability to match a pronoun to its antecedent is sketchy at best (even implying that “buzz” words have hefty price tags):

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Her random commas strewn about like thumbtacks on a highway stop readers in their tracks:

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Her “bad wrap” just contributes to her bad rap:

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as does her arbitrary hyphenation of antioxidants and her failure to realize that supermarkets have aisles and not isles, which are land masses surrounded by water:

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Can you blame me if I don’t trust anything this writer says about anything?

Repeat a lie often enough …

Repeat a lie often enough, and you start to believe it. Write a lie often enough, and your readers start to believe it. So, after reading about a Miss Teen USA on Yahoo! Shine, do you believe it?

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Do you believe that Ms. King is no longer Miss Teen USA?

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Do you believe it yet?

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After reading it three times on Yahoo!, you might think it’s true. It is not. Ms. King was Miss Delaware Teen USA, meaning she represented Delaware in the Miss Teen USA pageant. She was never, ever, never Miss Teen USA. If I write that one more time will you believe me?

Were you comma-tose when you wrote that?

Someone writing for the Yahoo! front page has gone a little comma-happy:

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With all those commas, this is the equivalent of what the writer wrote: This is not a side table. It is not a place to store magazines. It is not a set a remote control.

What the writer meant: It’s not a side table or a place to store magazines or set a remote control.

Isn’t it bad enough you mangle English?

Did you have to mangle French, too?

The writers for Yahoo! News aren’t known for their spelling ability in English. And now in French:

news je mappelle

The correct spelling: Je m’appelle. It means “my name is.”

Sounds like a fair trade

If you’re interested in scoring some tickets to a Beyoncé concert, and you have a fiream, you’re in luck. You may be able to trade that fiream for tickets, according to the Yahoo! front page:

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The President Bush no one talks about

We all know about the 41st president of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, and the 43rd president, George Walker Bush. But why haven’t we heard of the third Bush president, H.W. Bush? According to Yahoo! Movies, that President Bush appointed Shirley Temple to an ambassadorship:

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Is it the water?

Is there something in the water at Yahoo! that affects its writers’ ability to spell? First it appeared two days ago on yahoo.com, and now the misspelling of “In Memoriam” appears on Yahoo! Movies:

in memorium music

Tanning beds decrease likelihood of developing skin cancer

In a startling claim sure to be met with cheers from the tanning bed industry, Yahoo! Shine announces that people who do not use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop skin cancers than those who expose themselves to tanning beds’ UV light:

cancer tan shine

Could this be true? In a search for the story behind this news, I found this quote from futurity.org:

Exposure to ultraviolet light from tanning beds makes users 75 percent more likely to develop risk of melanoma than nonusers. … They’re also up to 2.5 times more likely to develop more common melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell and squamous cell cancers.

So, what’s the truth? Given the number of factual mistakes made by Yahoo! staffers every day, I’m going to take my chances and stay out of tanning beds.

One in four people finds this moronic

One in four people finds this grammatical error on Yahoo! Shine moronic:

one in four find shine

Three in four people find it harebrained.

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