With this homophonic horror, the bond between Yahoo! Style and the reader is broken — if there ever was one.
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:
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:
Well, there have been many, many errors on Yahoo! News. And these are just a few more.
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?
Does this look right to you?
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:
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:
This is what passes for journalism on Yahoo! News.