I’m a writer, not a mathematician!

Writers at Yahoo! tend to have a lot of trouble dealing with numbers. And the news editor over at Yahoo! Style is no exception. Take this little nugget from a recent article:

sing shoes 1

That seems pretty easy to digest, arithmetically speaking. But the numbers get a little too much for her when she tries to do a little subtraction:

sing shoes 2

Did you notice that the writer also has trouble with English? American gals don’t shill out anything, since that’s not a real expression. They do, however, shell out money for shoes — at a rate of about $183,000 less than Singaporean women. But that’s not a real number, either. Average women in the Singaporean survey don’t spend $204,000 on shoes over their lifetime. That number is the maximum spent by women in the survey. So unless every woman in the survey spent $204,000, which I tend to doubt, the editor got that number wrong, too.

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3 Responses to “I’m a writer, not a mathematician!”

  1. Vice webmaster gets 13 months’ jail and $27k fine for living on immoral earnings | Travel Plan Says:

    […] Icerocket blog search: writer editor I’m a writer, not a mathematician! Writers at Yahoo! tend to have a lot of trouble dealing with numbers. And the news editor over at Yahoo! Style is no exception. Take this little nugget from a recent article: That seems pretty easy to digest, arithmetically speaking. But the numbers get a little too much for her when she tries to do … more info… […]

  2. Don't Spam Me Says:

    To make matters worse, they seem to be comparing apples and oranges, or – more specifically – Singaporean and US dollars; c.f. https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/sporean-women-spend-us150k-on-shoes-in-a-lifetime-msian-women-us33k/

    • Laura Says:

      Good catch! It’s really appalling to me that these “writers” and “editors” can make so many mistakes and neither the management at Yahoo nor their readers seem to care.


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