I think this writer for Yahoo! Finance was rejected for an H-1B visa, so is writing from Mumbai, where they don’t know that there’s no hyphen in CEO and only one hyphen in H-1B:
If you’re using an abbreviation for a Latin phrase, make sure you know what you’re doing (i.e., use the correct one). Using an incorrect abbreviation can be make you look like another poorly edited website (e.g., yahoo.com).
Don’t do that. Don’t use the abbreviation i.e., which is short for the Latin “id est” or “that is.” You are bound to use it incorrectly. This writer is giving an example of an outrageous request and if any Latin abbreviation had to be used, it should have been e.g., which means “for example.” But really, your readers don’t know what those abbreviations mean and will skip over them when reading or mentally make up their own definition.
If you’re giving an example you could use “for example,” “for instance,” or the informal “like.” And there are always the new clichés that are used when the example is a person (like “I’m looking at you, Yahoo! editor” and “Yahoo! writer, anyone?”).
If this photo caption from Yahoo! Style were written by a fourth grader, it’d get an F for a big fat failure:
How the heck does this get published by one of the largest Internet companies in the world? The repeated word, the use of an apostrophe for an abbreviation, the misspelled launched and polka are all bad. Very bad. But the worst of these horrendous errors is the totally nonsensical, meaningless pile of words that ends the paragraph.
In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we see the results of disagreement in the correct abbreviation of pounds:
So, which is correct and why are they the same? Most authorities would side with lb., without the S. Why are there two versions of the abbreviation? Because this is yahoo.com. ‘Nuf said.
I always thought that professional writers were college graduates, but after reading this on Yahoo! Style, I don’t think they have to be high school graduates. It seems that a fourth-grade education is more than adequate.
This is possibly the most outrageous of the writer’s claims. She apparently thinks matriculate is a synonym for graduate. It is not; it means “to admit or be admitted to a college or university”:
That was my first hint that this writer hadn’t attended an institution of higher learning. And there’s no doubt she doesn’t hold a Ph.D. What does she think P.h.D. stands for anyway?
Clearly, there were no classes in logic (or English) in her educational background. If there were, she would never have written this about a really, really good-looking college instructor name Boselli:
So, Boselli proves that “beauty is nothing without the brain.” In other words, the poor man is a brainless Adonis. But somehow he managed to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering? At least he has a degree (or two or three).
I’m appalled. It apparently took an entire team of “Yahoo Style Editors” to come up with one of the most ridiculously ignorant statements I’ve read this week. Let’s skip over the arbitrary and totally incorrect comma, the mismatch of a subject and verb (which should be ranges), and focus on the B.C/A.D times:
It took the entire brain trust of editors to declare that ancient artifacts date back to “B.C/A.D times.” WTF? Are they really that ignorant? Do they not know that AD means all the time from the birth of Christ to the present day and beyond? (It seems like overkill to mention that they think that one period is enough for an abbreviation of two words.)
After that disaster, I suggest readers imagine a website with educated adults at the keyboards. And that ain’t Yahoo! Style.
The editors for Yahoo! Style, who collectively wrote an article about Jennifer Aniston, forgot what the abbreviation LBD means and how to form the plural of LBD:
LBD is short for “little black dress.” Hence, the adjective before LBD is a little redundant. And the plural of the abbreviation doesn’t include an apostrophe.
This is the kind of abbreviation you might expect to find in a hand-written sign in a store window in 1954:
I haven’t seen that abbreviation since “Father Knows Best” was debuted. The standard abbreviation has been TV (although some authorities allow tv) for a long, long time. Try to keep up, Yahoo!.