That’s quite a turtleneck!

You just gotta wonder what was going through the mind of the Yahoo! Style writer who contributed this description to the picture just below it:


I have no idea what a “suit dress” is, but I suspect the writer doesn’t either. I don’t know what color the writer’s lemonade is, but mine is definitely NOT blue and gold. And that turtleneck that Beyoncé is allegedly sporting has a very realistic image of a partial breast on it. Just what picture was she looking at when she wrote that?

Knock out that buy out

For a reason I will never understand, editors and writers at Yahoo! have trouble distinguishing between a phrasal verb and a noun. This time it’s evidenced on the home page of Yahoo! Finance — with not one, but two nouns, each of which should be two words:


Buyout is a noun; the phrasal verb is buy out. Knockout is a noun; the verb phrase is knock out.

You know what’s really funny? Even if the editor had written “Cabela’s to buy out Bass Pro…” that headline would still be wrong. I didn’t realize how really, really wrong it was until I saw the title of the article behind that headline:


Who you callin’ a donkey?

This writer for Yahoo! Style is likely one of those city slicker gals who doesn’t have a heap of experience with animals. She wrote this:


about this:


Well, I’m no expert, but that looks like a pony or miniature horse.

Foxy stars of ‘Teen Wolf’

Don’t you love it when a writer tries to use an unusual or fancy-pants word and gets it wrong? Me, too. I just love the use of vulpine in this article on Yahoo! Style about “Teen Wolf” stars:


Vulpine refers to a fox or something resembling a fox. The word that refers to a wolf is lupine.

Donning models

When Philipp Plein donned his models, according to Yahoo! Style, he put them on himself.


I imagine he looked something like this model, who has donned another model:


Someone needs to explain to the writer than don means “to put on.”

Numbers make my head hurt!

Maybe this Yahoo! Finance writer shouldn’t be writing anything that involves numbers. She’s just no good at it. She claims that a company was acquired for $900 million:


That much seems pretty clear. Then she tells me that the acquired company actually had other offers — including one for $700 billion:


I’m no mathematical genius, but isn’t $700 billion more — a lot more — than $900 million, which the writer claims was the highest bid. I’m so confused. But not as confused as this writer.

You’re out of order!

When I read these three numbers on Yahoo! Style I was confused. Then I read the explanation and I was even more confused:


If you’re in the U.S., the tattoo “07.09” represents July 9th; in the U.K., it’s September 7th. And in the mind of the writer, it’s August 7th.

The writer was considerate enough to include a picture of the tattoo and it provides the explanation I’ve been looking for: The writer is incapable of copying numbers:


Great laugh

I had a great laugh when I read this on Yahoo! Style:


The poor gal who wrote that was trying to be clever, but she only showed her ignorance. There is no Great Lawn at the White House. There is a North Lawn and a South Lawn, but no Great Lawn.

Oh no she didn’t

Despite what you might read on, the model in question did not tip over during a fashion show:


As the article and videos attest, she was wobbly, but never fell. This just illustrates — again — the importance of hiring writers who can actually read and who are familiar with common English verbs.

Subject-matter experts need not apply

If you’re looking for a job as a writer for Yahoo! Style, don’t worry if you know nothing about style, fashion, or clothing. It’s not a prerequisite for a job writing about style, fashion, and clothing. Need proof? Consider this photo caption from the popular Yahoo! site:

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That caption is an attempt to describe this picture of Mr. Renner:

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If you identified the location of the rose as “below the breast pocket” and not on the lapel, you’re overqualified for a writing job.

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