If there ever was a bond

With this homophonic horror, the bond between Yahoo! Style and the reader is broken — if there ever was one.


Look there! Heads!

If this excerpt was written and edited by Yahoo! Style staffers, you have to wonder where their heads were in the hours before they published it:

there heads

There, their now

Is there an explanation as to why the editors at Yahoo! Health don’t know there from their? Perhaps they’ll read this and share their stories about learning (or not learning) grammar in elementary school:

there stories

Their will be done

There will likely be no consequences for the Yahoo! Sports writer for this homophonic error:

their will spo stew

There is one thing wrong

There is one thing wrong with this excerpt from Yahoo! Health. Can you spot it?

their is one thing health

There their now

There are few times when I see a homophonic error in a headline, but this one on Yahoo! Sports is a doozy:

there fate

Maybe the writers and editors are resigned to their fate working for a company that doesn’t care to invest in quality writing and editing.

They’re making their mistakes over there

Those wacky Yahoo! Style editors are at it again with their homophonic errors:

their were sty

How I wish there were fewer errors and better editors at Yahoo!.

This is really out there

Don’t judge. We shouldn’t judge this managing editor for Yahoo! Makers since we’re not the ones out there making homophonic mistakes:

their diy

Depends on whom you ask

How many errors have there been on Yahoo! News? Hundreds? Thousands? I don’t really know and I don’t think there is anyone to tell the tale of homophonic errors, like this one:

tail news

Is this correct? It depends on whom you ask. A Yahoo! writer and editor would think that who is the correct pronoun and have their been is really cool:

who you ask news

Well, there have been many, many errors on Yahoo! News. And these are just a few more.

This is the news

What is it about Yahoo! News? Why are the standards for writing soooo low? Why are grammatical errors, typos, misspellings, and worse of all, factual errors, tolerated?

Why do writers working there fail to understand the difference between some homophones, like there and their?

news their

Does this look right to you?

news their 2

Collecting data from 1.7 cases probably isn’t going to give you statistically significant results. You probably need data from at least 2 cases. Or maybe more like 1.7 million cases. What a difference a missing word makes!

And what a difference an unnecessary word — even a small one — makes to the reader:

news their 3

When it comes to following the laws of grammar, these writers are felons. They just don’t realize that when placed between two numbers, a hyphen means “to” or “through,” not “and,” which is the word the writer should have used instead of the hyphen:

news their 4

This is what passes for journalism on Yahoo! News.

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