Dumbest Statement of the Day

In an article about Riley Keough, the writer for Yahoo! Style makes one dumb mistake of a random possessive followed by an even dumber one:

elvis granddad sty

Ms. Keough is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. Elvis Presley is not her dad, but her grandfather.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

It took a whole team of Yahoo! Style “editors” to come up with this statement:

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David Letterman’s departure from his late night show has been documented on the Web (including Yahoo!), in traditional newspapers and magazines, on TV and on the radio. So how did the brain trust at Yahoo! Style screw this up so badly?

Mr. Letterman did not spend 33 years as the host of “The Late Night Show.” In fact, there is no program called “The Late Night Show.” He spent 11 years hosting “Late Night with David Letterman” followed by 22 years at the helm of “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Maybe the kids who wrote this are just too young to stay up after 10 o’clock. Maybe someone will teach them to read and show them how to do a Google search. Maybe someone at Yahoo! will hold them to a higher standard than “make up any information you want.” Maybe the Earth will crash into the sun.

What were you looking at?

What was the Yahoo! Style writer looking at when writing this photo caption?

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It wasn’t the Narcisco Rodriguez jumpsuit, because the designer is actually Narciso Rodriguez. Need further proof? The writer alleges that the jumpsuit has a horizontal cut-out. I guess if Ms. Weisz were lying on her side, that would be correct:

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Are you depleting your savings?

U.S. consumers are depleting their financial resources, say the folks at the Yahoo! front page:

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That’s just a preposterous claim, isn’t it? In fact, it’s something the writer made up, because the accompanying article says nothing about anyone “exhausting their finances.” I think the only thing that’s exhausted is the writer, who probably has no idea what exhausting means.

Remember that song by the Andrews Sisters?

You’re all too young to remember (or even to have heard of) “I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time” by the Andrews Sisters. There’s a line in the song that goes “church bells will chime.” I mention this because the writer for the Yahoo! front page seems to think that churches chime. They do not. Even the Andrews Sisters knew that church bells chime:

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Dumbest statement of the day

It’s Mother’s Day! To celebrate let’s insult the mother of a famous rapper/actor and let’s do it on yahoo.com in front of millions and millions of people. That way, we’ll qualify for Dumbest Statement of the Day:

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‘Tis ’tis, not tis’

We all know that an apostrophe is used to create a possessive or a contraction. So, what how is this apostrophe used on Yahoo! Makers?

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It’s not likely that it’s used to form the possessive of tis, is it? So it’s creating a contraction. But a contraction of what? It’s actually a contraction of it is. The first I is omitted and the correct contraction is ’tis.

‘Tis time to consider the writer’s use of the word mom. She should have made that Mom. Here’s a free, no-cost, gratis tip for the writer:

If you’re unsure if you should capitalize a term for a relative, try substituting the person’s name. If it makes a grammatically correct sentence, then capitalize the term. Try it: My mother is the best. (See? No capital M in mother.) But: It’s time to thank Mom.

If that doesn’t work for you, try this other hint: If the noun (mother, father, etc.) is preceded by a possessive pronoun (like my or his), don’t capitalize it. Like this: He thought his mother was the best. It’s time to thank your mom.

So, when the writer isn’t butchering the language, she’s butchering Sarah Michelle Gellar’s name. And to show that she really, really knows nothing of pop culture, she implies that Beyoncé and Solange’ mom has other daughters. Maybe they’re hidden in the walk-in closet, because the rest of the world knows of only those two.

At least you got his name right

The folks at the Yahoo! front page can’t decide who’s selling a house in Warren Buffett’s neighborhood: Is it the guy across the street or the guy who lives next to the billionaire? Or both of them?

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Actually, it’s the person across the street. Why the writer felt that “next to” is equivalent to that location is beyond my reasoning ability. On the plus side, at least they spelled Mr. Buffett’s name right.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

In an article about gifts for Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, the Yahoo! Style writer screws up a basic fact as well as a basic spelling:

queen grandchild sty

The new princess is not the grandchild of Queen Elizabeth; she is the great-grandchild.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

Uh, no. Prince George was not born more than two years ago. He was born on July 22, 2013 and here we are in May of 2015. That makes him less than two years old and the writer for Yahoo! Style less than an arithmetic genius:

more than 2 yrs ago sty

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