Shouldn’t you know that?

If you’re a writer who covers fashion, shouldn’t you know the names of the parts of a garment? Shouldn’t you know a sleeve from a waistband? A collar from a lapel?


The writer helpfully included a picture, showing the pin on the collar of the shirt:

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You don’t need to be a fashion writer to know the difference between a lapel and a collar; it’s pretty much common knowledge among English-speaking people.  Except if you write for Yahoo! Style where subject-matter knowledge is not a requirement:

Is that correct? Not by a long shot

Is this idiom used correctly on Yahoo! Style? Not by a long shot. And by that I mean, “NO!” Jeez, doesn’t the writer know that a long shot is a horse, person, or occurrence that has little or no chance of succeeding?

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This writer also is a long shot for succeeding at writing. If she’s not the worst writer at Yahoo!, she’s at least a runner-up.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

In this episode of the Dumbest Statement of the Day, we see the results of a writer who is unable to read and thus screws up a simple story with a fantastic lie:

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Rachel Hauser looks desperate, asking for help paying bills. But that’s the lie and that’s what happens when a writer can’t read. Ms. Hauser did not ask for money. She asked for quilters to join a quilting bee. According to the article, “Groups of eight to 10 people sew separate parts of a quilt, shipping pieces to the host of each bee, who completes it. Quilts then are donated to various charities… ‘At first I thought, ‘I hope I can find 10 people who want to do this,” said Hauser.”

This is horribly insulting to Ms. Hauser and to the people who raised money for her daughter’s medical expenses without Ms. Hauser’s request or involvement.

Amy Poehler, victim of brain fart

Amy Poehler is just the latest victim of Yahoo! Style writers, who call her a “creature of comfort”:

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Whatever is that? It’s the result of a brain fart. The article behind that headline refers to Ms. Poehler as a creature of habit. Not unlike Yahoo! writers and editors, who are in the habit of making mistakes.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

Today’s Dumbest Statement of the Day comes to you from the Yahoo! Style editors who claim that 1.5 Armenians were killed during the Armenian Holocaust:


I’m still trying to figure out how half a person can be killed.

Idiom, idiot. They’re so close

Maybe the genius writer for Yahoo! Style made a little typo and was going for idiot when she wrote this:

idiom sty

Clearly she couldn’t have meant idiom because it’s not an idiom, it’s a saying, an adage, an old saw.

Now here’s an idiom (or it would be an idiom if the writer had gotten it right):

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The expression is “on a par with,” which means equal to. Or maybe it’s “up to par,” which means just average.

She would have been correct with close-ups — if she had just closed it up with a hyphen.

By “scratching on a century,” I think the writer means “approaching 100.” Maybe the writer doesn’t know that a century is 100 years and that at 86, the subject has 14 years before she’ll hit that milestone. That’s like saying a newborn is nearly a teenager or a 50-year-old is “scratching” on retirement.

Idiom, idiot. So close in spelling. And so close to being the correct word.

Did you just dash that off?

Did the writer of this teaser on Yahoo! Celebrity just dash it off? I’d say so:

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The first hint was the mention of Dash boutiques since there’s only one Dash boutique in Hollywood. Obviously the writer didn’t have time to verify that little fact. Then it was the undercapitalized Pilates, which is a proper noun. But who has time to check a dictionary? Finally it was the mismatched subject (signs) and verb (which should be prohibit). OK, that’s not the result of dashing off a sentence; that’s the result of being poorly educated.

That’s gotta hurt!

A crown made of cacti? Ouch! That’s gotta hurt:

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That photo and caption are from Yahoo! Beauty, where writers may be experts on mascara and cold cream, but can’t tell a cactus from a succulent.

No, she’s not Abe’s wife

Where does Yahoo! find its writers? In an elementary school? Most adult citizens of the U.S. know that Mary Lincoln Todd was not Abraham Lincoln’s wife. His wife was Mary Todd Lincoln. But the writer for Yahoo! Beauty doesn’t stop there with her nonsense. Throughout this article she insists on using the word wreathes:

mary lincoln todd bea

That’s a form of wreathe, a verb (not a noun) that means “to twist, coil, curl, encircle, or surround.” The plural of the noun wreath is wreaths.

Dumbest statement of the day

Seriously? Does the writer for Yahoo! Style really think Robert Pattinson is an “American actor”?

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Mr. Pattinson was born in London (the one in England) and grew up in a London suburb. So, I guess that’s close enough to being “American.”


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