Today’s Dumbest Statement of the Day comes to you from the Yahoo! Style editors who claim that 1.5 Armenians were killed during the Armenian Holocaust:
I’m still trying to figure out how half a person can be killed.
Maybe the genius writer for Yahoo! Style made a little typo and was going for idiot when she wrote this:
Clearly she couldn’t have meant idiom because it’s not an idiom, it’s a saying, an adage, an old saw.
Now here’s an idiom (or it would be an idiom if the writer had gotten it right):
The expression is “on a par with,” which means equal to. Or maybe it’s “up to par,” which means just average.
She would have been correct with close-ups — if she had just closed it up with a hyphen.
By “scratching on a century,” I think the writer means “approaching 100.” Maybe the writer doesn’t know that a century is 100 years and that at 86, the subject has 14 years before she’ll hit that milestone. That’s like saying a newborn is nearly a teenager or a 50-year-old is “scratching” on retirement.
Idiom, idiot. So close in spelling. And so close to being the correct word.
Did the writer of this teaser on Yahoo! Celebrity just dash it off? I’d say so:
The first hint was the mention of Dash boutiques since there’s only one Dash boutique in Hollywood. Obviously the writer didn’t have time to verify that little fact. Then it was the undercapitalized Pilates, which is a proper noun. But who has time to check a dictionary? Finally it was the mismatched subject (signs) and verb (which should be prohibit). OK, that’s not the result of dashing off a sentence; that’s the result of being poorly educated.