High school diploma optional

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”:

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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?

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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:

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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).

Ability to count optional

Thinking of applying for a writing or editing job at Yahoo! Makers, but hesitate because you have limited ability when it comes to basic arithmetic? No problem! You don’t need to be a graduate of Advanced Placement Calculus to land a position with this prestigious site. Heck, you don’t even need to be able to count to three. Two, maybe. But three? Totally optional. Just look at this headline from the site’s home page:

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Here’s the list of ingredients from the article:

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I wonder which two ingredients she’ll actually use in the recipe.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

Today’s candidate for Dumbest Statement of the Day where the editors for Yahoo! Style claim that Adam Lambert was an “American Idol” winner:

idol winner

He was not. Adam Lambert was a runner-up, losing to Chris Allen.

Sun prevention: Not a good idea

Preventing the sun is not a good idea, even if you could do that. The Yahoo! Style writer seems to think that Lady Gaga is somehow preventing the sun with sunglasses as big as what we would call a windshield:

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‘Mad Men': Shorter than you think

If you, like me, thought that this was the last year for the TV show “Mad Men,” we’d both be right. If you, like me, thought it was also the series’ seventh year on TV, we’d both be right. If you, like me, think the writer for Yahoo! Style doesn’t know the difference between an episode and a TV season, we’d be right again. And the writer would be wrong:

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Or maybe she’s wrong, but in a different way. Maybe she meant “the seven-episode season” and she doesn’t know the difference between a series and a season.

A feasible explanation

I’d like an explanation from the folks at yahoo.com how expensive rents make homeownership more feasible:

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Perhaps the writers, who likely work in a non-English-speaking country, think that feasible means “attractive” and not “possible.” That would be a feasible explanation.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

Today’s Dumbest Statement comes to you from the folks at the Yahoo! front page, where millions of people now naively believe that Kelly Osbourne is a cohost of “The Talk”:

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She is not. Her mother, Sharon Osbourne, is a cohost.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

Reading this article on Yahoo! Style, you might that that girls’ self-esteem was actually pretty good: 70% thought they “measured up”:


Are you as distrusting as I? Did you question that stat? You should, because it qualifies as today’s Dumbest Statement of the Day. Here’s the actual number, according to Dove (which you’ll find at the link that this writer so conveniently supplied):

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So, the truth: 7 in 10 girls believe that they don’t measure up. I can think of one writer who doesn’t measure up to some journalistic standards.

This is not 2014

Do you think that the people at yahoo.com think it’s still 2014? I ask because whoever wrote this thinks Ellen Page came out last February:

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She did not. She announced she was gay in February 2014.

Something else should be weeded out

A brilliant writer for Yahoo! Style has weeded out “five of the best and buzziest acts” from South by Southwest for your consideration:

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Why would she eliminate acts that she thinks are unsuitable or unwanted? Why? Because she has no idea what weeded out means. I can think of one other person who should be weeded out.


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