Not a serious attempt at Pharrell

It’s on honor to be on the front page of Yahoo! Style, unless they do this to your name:

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That was an editor’s attempt at spelling  Pharrell, which is the first half of Pharrell Williams. You’d think the folks in charge would make a serious attempt at spelling the star’s name right. Instead, they just made a serious error.

Not even trying

There are times when I read something on Yahoo! Style and think, the writer isn’t even trying to be accurate. This is one of those times:

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The writer didn’t bother to do a little research into Lisa Rinna’s name. She couldn’t be bothered to find out the name of Ms. Rinna’s husband. Her husband is not Mark Hamlin; he’s Harry Hamlin. She’s just not tryin’.

Because killing himself before is nearly impossible

In an era of alternative facts, the editors at yahoo.com want to be sure that there’s no mistaking the sequence of events in Daryl Easton’s demise. First, he killed himself, then he was found dead:

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They was there?

Anyone have any idea how this grammatical gaffe slipped by the eagle-eyed editors at Yahoo! Style?

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Does this strike a chord?

This strikes a chord with me, and not in a good way. It’s an example from Yahoo! Style of a writer confusing a group of three notes (which is a chord) and  a string or rope (called a cord):

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Now appearing Knightley

How bad is it when a professional writer screws up a celebrity’s first and last name? Pretty bad, but not surprising since the misspelling of Keira Knightley appears on Yahoo! Style:

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It’s not the only misspelling in the article, but what really made this one a standout was the fact that it could have been avoided with about 2 nanoseconds of effort. Oh, with another 2 nanoseconds of Googling, the writer might have learned that as a noun, standout is one word.

Nailed it!

Nailed it? No, the editors at Yahoo! Style didn’t exactly nail the spelling of elegance:

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An Olympic size error

On one of the most visited sites in the world, an Olympic error:

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Her subject and verb aren’t perfect

Whenever I see a grammatical goof this blatant, I wonder what the heck the writer was thinking:

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Then I remember I’m reading Yahoo! Style and there probably was no thinking involved.

How many Molly Goddards are there?

Molly Goddard, a fashion designer, went to the same school as others with the same name. They are all alumni of Central Saint Martins:

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It’s either an amazing coincidence or an alternative fact perpetrated by Yahoo! Style.  Or maybe it’s just an example of the writer’s and her editor’s ignorance. Perhaps they don’t know that alumni is a plural; its singular, when referring to a female is alumna. If they cared about such things, but were not inclined to use a dictionary, they could have used the gender-neutral alum or graduate.

I’m supposin’ that they don’t care, just as they don’t care that a dollar sign and the word dollars is a tad redundant. Or that placed should be place. Not only did they get the verb wrong, but they also forgot the other half of the correlative conjunction not only…but also in a sentence that resembles the word salad that could have been uttered by the current occupier of the Oval Office.

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