Where do you get your information?

When you’re looking for reliable information about investing, finance, or business, what website do you turn to? Yahoo! Finance? If you’re like most people, you’re adversely influenced by the number of mistakes, no matter how minor, you find. Typos, misspellings, and grammar mistakes all erode the credibility of a website or an article.

So, how credible do you find this article, where the writer apparently knew she needed an apostrophe in the first sentence, but couldn’t figure out where? Or that she’s a little skimpy when it comes to her hyphen usage?

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(Omitting the hyphens in an age is one of the top 3 hyphen errors you’ll find on Yahoo!.)

I really think that if you’re going to write about finance and business for adults, you need to know the difference between a product (oh, like, say a Barbie doll) and a manufacturer (like Mantel). I’m pretty sure that even though Barbie is a pretty smart, yet plastic cookie, she did not release a doll:

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Perhaps to prove that she is completely uninterested in the correct use of punctuation, the writer throws in some random and thoroughly incorrect commas. But I’ll admit to one positive note: The writer has got me interested in seeing those ads where the Chinese actress stares, presumably at the camera:

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What dessert would you find?

What dessert do you think Johnny Depp found in the desert? My favorite cookie, Pecan Sandies? Or Lorna Dunes? Maybe the writer/editor for Yahoo! Style knows:

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What’s its informal name?

In a bakery’s formal name is Babycakes, what do you suppose its informal name is? Baby? Cakes? The writer for Yahoo! Food, who I don’t think was formerly a student of common English words, has me a little confused:

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Ha! The bakery is Erin McKenna’s Bakery; it was formerly known as Babycakes.

Uncovering the quote

Holy moley. In what universe is the pronoun its correct in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?

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What does it refer to? newbie? tools? I think the writer meant tools and just didn’t recognize it as a plural noun requiring the plural pronoun their. It’s a careless oversight, just like using the wrong closing quotation mark.

I’m calling T-shirts baring a quote total BS. T-shirts don’t bare quotes, though they’ve been known to bear them.

Eek! A mouse!

Eek! A mouse! That’s what cartoon characters say as they jump onto the nearest chair. Is that what the writer for Yahoo! Style meant?

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With writing skills like that, it’s a wonder this gal can eke out a living.

Was that the Sahara?

What desert has its own holiday? The Gobi? The Sahara? The Mojave? Yahoo! News doesn’t tell us, just teases with this hint of a desert:

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Ms. Hoskins seems to think it’s National Pie Day, which makes no sense since pie is a dessert.

Sharpening your whistle

I’m trying to imagine how you whet your whistle, as described on Yahoo! News:

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The only thing I can come up with is a wooden whistle being sharpened to a point by a whittler. That would be whetting a whistle. But if the writer meant “take a drink,” then that’s “wet your whistle,” where whistle refers to your mouth.

Was it a Parker House?

I love me some Parker House rolls. They’re small rolls, invented by a cook at the Parker House Hotel in Boston. So, I’m wondering if that’s the small roll that this writer for Yahoo! Style is referring to:

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I’m also pondering the possibility that a small roll somehow played a role in the “model-turned-actress” scoring a small role in a movie.

Wanted: A flair for words

What Yahoo! Makers needs are writers with a flair for words. Writers who know the difference between a flare and flair:

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These are nautical flares:

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You probably don’t want to include them in your home’s decor. But you might want to give your home nautical flair, which would be a nautical style.

Not helpful for shipping

Is it just me, or does it seem to you that shipping palettes wouldn’t be too helpful for shipping? That’s what I thought when I read this on Yahoo! Makers:

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This is a palette; it doesn’t look very useful for shipping:

This looks like something that might be more practical. It’s a pallet.

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