Take the lead

If someone familiar with English took the lead in editing yahoo.com, it might result in an improvement in the writing:

fp on the pilot

It’s just my observation, but prepositions seem to be difficult to master for people who are not native English speakers. My guess is that this was written by someone outside the States or someone who’s first language isn’t English. The correct preposition is in, not on, when describing a character on TV: in the pilot.

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Back off the punctuation!

Here’s something you don’t see often, three consecutive punctuation marks:

colon parent

I don’t know the thinking behind all those little symbols on Yahoo! Parenting, but at least one of them is in the wrong place. If the writer insists on using both quotation marks and a colon, then the colon should go after the closing quotation mark. It is one of two punctuation characters that always go after a closing quotation mark in the U.S.; the other is the semicolon.

Making the worst CEOs even worse

Yahoo! Finance has announced its list of the worst CEOs of 2014. And among them was the head of Twitter:

ceos fin 1

Is Mr. Costello pissed that he’s on the list? I don’t think so. However, the real CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo, might be.

Then there’s the former CEO of Ford (not included among this year’s worst), but he’s not doing much better than Mr. Costolo at the keyboard of this writer. His name is Alan Mulally:

ceos fin 2

The former head of Tesco is also a victim of this writer’s sloppy research (or poor typing skills). His name is actually Philip Clarke:

ceos fin 3

That many errors in something as simple as spelling a name correctly doesn’t reassure me about the accuracy of anything I read in this article. The worst CEOs just got the worst treatment from Yahoo!.

You have been led astray

If you’re like the writer Yahoo! Style and think this is correct, you’ve been led astray sometime in your elementary school education:

have been lead style

The past tense of lead (which, as a verb, is pronounced LEED) is led; the stuff inside a pencil is lead (which is pronounced LED).

It’s time to DIY

This is the real DIY (“do it yourself” for you non-crafters) project from Yahoo! DIY: Can you make a coherent, logical, grammatically correct paragraph out of this random set of words?

cutting board diy

So, taking those arbitrarily capitalized words back to common nouns is a no-brainer. But what can you make of “delicious time old traditional recipe”?

After you figure that out, try tackling “that was our way in….what’s yours?” I’m thinking she meant “that was our weigh-in” and that she’s a professional wrestler.

DIY writing from Yahoo!. Isn’t this fun?

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