One is the subject

About 1 in 2 writers for Yahoo! makes a mistake when trying to match a verb to its subject. In this case, the grammatical gaffe appears on Yahoo! Parenting:

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The subject of that sentence is one, and the verb should be is born. But what’s worse is the writer’s contention that most infants with anencephaly die shortly before birth. The truth is that most die soon after birth.


What a waist!

Fashion shows are becoming more and more inclusive as women with less-than-perfect bodies take to the runways. As noted by a Yahoo! Style writer, one model’s body is unique: Her waist is just a tad higher than most women’s. In fact, it’s just under her armpits:

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I think it’s great! Not so great? The writer’s inability to match a verb (which should be suggest) with its plural subject and neglecting to hyphenate the adjective modern-day. But at least she spelled waist correctly, even if she can’t identify it.

Fewer destructions would be good

One less destruction would be a good start in correcting this on

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Officially an idiot

I’m probably being to hard on this gal from Yahoo! Style who carries the title of news editor. But I think she’s an idiot. Or maybe just an overworked incompetent. I’d expect that an adult being paid to be a “news editor” would have some basic knowledge of finances. I’d expect that she’d know that one’s net worth is not the same as one’s income. So, in an article about the richest people in the United States, she claims that Christy Walton has an income of $30.2 billion:

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She does not. That is her net worth.

But worse than that, is this claim about Steve Jobs’ widow:

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Mr. Jobs’ widow is not Alice Walton, it is Laurene Powell Jobs. But I can see how you’d get those names mixed up.

We are appalled

We lovers of all things grammatical are appalled by this gaffe on Yahoo! Makers, made by someone with the title of editor:

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You don’t get to do that

The writer for Yahoo! Style seems to think that she gets to decide where to place hyphens in the spelling of Charles de Gaulle Airport. She is mistaken:

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There are no hyphens there. But there is a capital letter in Airport (it’s part of the airport’s name, after all), and there’s a preferred spelling of cozy, which the writer preferred not to use.

Do they work for the same company?

Sometimes I think the people who write for work for differ companies; or maybe they work for the same company, but in different countries and they speak different languages and cannot communicate with each other. How else can I explain the inability for these “journalists” to agree on how to abbreviate United Nations?

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Maybe no one would notice if these abbreviations didn’t appear together — again —  on the same page minutes later:

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Why is it so hard to agree on something this basic? Is it that they just don’t care?

Brimming with errors

I’ve often said that you don’t need to know anything about fashion or style or the English language to write for Yahoo! Style. It’s a site brimming with errors. And here’s proof once again:

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Yes, that is indeed a hat with a black brim.The red ribbon is not the brim; it is called a hatband and it sits above the brim.

Nay, the time is nigh

When I read this on Yahoo! TV I actually said, “Huh?” loudly enough that others heard me (and if they read this, they were probably thinking it, too). Someone needs to tell the writer (who is actually the New York bureau chief for Yahoo Entertainment) that there’s a time to learn a little more about the English language, and the time is nigh:

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Instead of instead use another word instead

Instead of proofreading, the folks at chose to publish this with a superfluous word instead:

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