A shoo-in for Worst Travel Writing of the Day

What makes this article on Yahoo! Travel a candidate for Worst Travel Writing of the Day? It could be this paragraph, which starts out with a non-sentence and then gets a tad repetitive:

shoe in travel 1

OK, so that was ugly. Maybe it was just a fluke. What could possibly be wrong with this?

shoe in travel 2

Well, in the first place, the Capital Wheel is not in Washington.  It’s in Maryland. That’s kinda a giant embarrassment. A lesser mistake is referring to the U.S. Capital (the capital of the U.S. is Washington, DC) when the writer meant the building, which is the Capitol.

Finally, the error that made this article a shoo-in for the Worst Travel Writing of the Day trophy:

shoe in travel 3


4 Responses to “A shoo-in for Worst Travel Writing of the Day”

  1. ericjbaker Says:

    Are you sure the first section isn’t supposed to be a word scramble?

    • Laura Says:

      I think it’s from the Refrigerator Magnet School of Writing where you learn how to write by throwing magnets with words on them onto a refrigerator. And publish what sticks.

  2. lectorconstans Says:

    Nice teaching moment. Capital! as the English might say.

    Now I know about shoo-in (Amer. slang, from “shoo!” (to entice an animal to depart).

    A brief web search tells me that “The *Aloft* *Washington* *National* *Harbor* is a *hotel* located on *National* *Harbor* near Oxon Hill, Maryland ”

    A natural mistake for Yahooligans, for whom web searches are tedious and dreary and not for enlightened journalists like them.

    Along the way: a British-English headline:

    Australia are shoo-in’s for the cricket world cup.

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