How many antipastos do you need?

Reading this on the home page of Yahoo! Makers, I was sure that the writer was talking about two or more antipastos — which didn’t make a lot of sense:

antipasti diy hp

I wanted to see just why two or more antipasti were needed to a wreath, so I read the article and noticed something disturbing:

antipasti diy

The instructions are not for multiple antipastos, but for a single antipasto. And this poor dear writer decided that although the rest of the world calls it an antipasto, she knows better and calls it an antipasti. Which is the Italian plural of antipasto, and an acceptable alternate plural in English.


Worst place for a typo

Possibly the worst place to have a typo is in a headline. Just look how bad this typo of a cappella looks on the home page of Yahoo! TV:

a capella tv

I was curious: Was that really just a typo? To find the answer, I took a quick peek at the article, which has the same headline and — surprise! —  another misspelled a cappella!

a capella tv 2

Just imagine: It took the entire Yahoo! TV staff to come up with that spelling.

Your readers care

If you don’t think readers care about accuracy, think again. The readers of this nugget at Yahoo! Travel were a little surprised to learn that Chattanooga has moved from Tennessee to North Carolina:

no carolina trav

And a claim of “download time” here:

download times 2

and here:

download times 1

did not go unnoticed. (The abbreviation Mpbs is short for megabits per second. It is a measure of speed. Calling it a “download time” is like calling 40 mph a “driving time.”)

Here are two comments left by readers of the article:

“If you are going to write travel stories, you really ought to know your geography. Chattanooga is located in TENNESSEE, not North Carolina. This is the kind of accuracy we have come to expect from Yahoo!.”

“wow!! download TIMES of 32 Mbps… the brain-dead, idiotic “EXPERTS” from yahoo spew again…”

Need I say more?

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