Is this the work of a fledgling writer?

There must be a logical explanation for the Yahoo! Style writer’s use of the world fledgling to refer to a retailer that’s nearly 40 years old:

fledgling sty

Perhaps she doesn’t know how long Banana Republic has been in business. Perhaps she thinks fledgling means struggling. Perhaps she’s an idiot.

Don’t bother reading the article

I wouldn’t bother reading the article behind this headline on Yahoo! Finance:

defend contro fin

Why? Because if the writing in the article is as bad as this headline, it’s not to be trusted. This headline alleges that the CEO of Quicken defended a controversy. That makes no sense. The man defended his company’s ad.

Matched = Totally different

If by “matched” the Yahoo! Style writer meant “looked nothing alike,” then I’d say this was correct:

matched sty

Geographically challenged

You don’t need to be a genius to write for Yahoo! Finance, but having some basic knowledge might be helpful. It might behoove you to know where your company’s headquarters are located (hint: it’s the heart of Silicon Valley). And if you’re writing about a venue, it might be useful to know where it is, so you don’t make this mistake:

silicon valley fin

Here’s a look at just a small part of Silicon Valley:


Oh, look! There’s Levi’s Stadium, surrounded by high tech companies and just a few miles from Yahoo! headquarters. Why, it almost looks like it’s in Silicon Valley.

The kids are at the keyboard again

Wouldn’t it be great if Yahoo! Style hired writers who were old enough to vote? Maybe then they’d know a little more about the world and the people in it. Perhaps if this writer’s memory went back further than Blue Ivy’s birth, she’d be familiar with the “aquatic star” Esther Williams:

ethel wims sty

Jose Canseco’s ‘Juiced’ is fiction

When Jose Canseco’s book “Juiced” hit the bookstores, it was advertised as an autobiographical exposé of steroid use in the Major League Baseball. Ten years later, a writer at Yahoo! Sports reveals that it was all a work of fiction:

novel spo

It’s a novel assertion, especially in light of the publicity (and controversy) the book generated. Is it true? Or does the writer really not know that a novel is a work of fiction?

Please tell me you’re not registered to vote

When I read this, written by the “managing editor” for Yahoo! Makers, I thought it was a little odd that the Donald Dump character would be holding a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

dec of ind diy 1

In fact, it was very odd. And very wrong.

Here’s the picture of Donald Dump and it looks like he’s holding something… what is it? It sure as heck ain’t the Declaration of Independence, which would make no sense, not even satirically. He’s holding the Constitution of the United States of America:

dec of ind diy pic

I can only hope that this “managing editor” isn’t typical of the electorate and that he’s not a registered voter.

Take a civics class

When I was in high school, many, many decades ago, all students had to take a semester of civics. We learned a lot about our government, from the small-town assembly to the three branches of the federal system. It’s too bad that the Yahoo! Style “news editor” didn’t have a similar education. She might have learned that a state has a governor, and the city of Flint, Michigan, has a mayor:

governor sty

Worst news site on the Web

If you’re looking for reliable news articles on the Web, skip anything written by Yahoo! News “journalists.” The mistakes they make would be laughable if they weren’t so horrifyingly inaccurate:

am dying news

Only one person died in the United States of Ebola in 2014. The CDC reports that 11,301 people died of Ebola in Africa that year. Millions of people were not dying in the streets anywhere. Perhaps the writer suffers from Trump Syndrome, named after the presidential candidate who claimed to  have seen thousands of people cheering in New Jersey when the twin towers went down on 9/11.

This is beyond horrible, it is beyond irresponsible.

Dumbest statement of the day

Today’s really dumb statement comes to you courtesy of the brain trust that is the Yahoo! front page:

fp nearly 3 yrs

I don’t need to explain the monumental stupidity of that statement to my readers. But for the benefit of the writers and editors at Yahoo!, let me explain: It is 2016; 2012 was more than three years ago. Perhaps you don’t understand that nearly doesn’t mean “more than”; it means “almost, but not quite.”


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