Geez, is it really that hard to write a list of three items and not screw it up? Well, it may be — at least for the folks at the Yahoo! front page. Can you spot the mistake here?
That’s a list or a series with nonparallel items — items that are not the same or equivalent parts of speech. There’s a verb (plays), a noun (ballerina), and another verb (raps). The writer could have fixed the grammatical gaffe by using three verbs in the series:
plays a cheerleader, imitates a ballerina, and even raps
Or the writer could have tried this:
plays a cheerleader and a ballerina and even raps
That wasn’t so hard, was it?