That’s quite a claim

Sometimes separating a number from the words that explain it, isn’t such a bright idea. Take this excerpt from Yahoo! Finance:

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You might think, as I did, that $29,000 was 67% less than claimed earnings of $90,000. Then you might think, as I did, that $29,000 was the real median. And then you’d reread the sentence to reassure yourself that the real median was $61,000, or 33% less than claimed. Or maybe $61,000—67% of the amount claimed. But not, 67% less than claimed.

I’m starting to get a headache. I think I’ll go take 4 or 5 Advil and go lie down.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Wrong again

Why do the writers and editors at Yahoo! have so much trouble with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ name? Her last name is Louis-Dreyfus, not Dreyfus:

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That’s bad. But it’s not the worst they’ve done to Ms. Louis-Dreyfus. There was the time they called her Julia Louie Dreyfus, which I thought was pretty funny. And the hyphen confusion that produced Julia-Louis Dreyfus. And the gender change that resulted in Julia Louise-Dreyfus. And the time she was both Julia-Louis Dreyfus and Julia Louis Dreyfuss in the same article.

I guess you just gotta admire the creativity, if not the accuracy, of Yahoo! staffers.

It’s unbelievably bad writing

This is possibly the worst writing by a professional that I have read in a long, long time. It’s not because of the grammatical errors and wacky word use (though they are factors). It’s because the Yahoo! Style writer made no attempt to state actual facts. It seems she made up most of the information in the article and there was no oversight to stop her.

It starts with this little lie, which alleges that Martha Washington was a great hostess at the White House:

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Martha Washington never lived in the White House, since it wasn’t even built when her husband was president. In fact, Mrs. Washington never even lived in Washington, DC. But this writer’s imagination isn’t confined by facts.

Moving on to Eleanor Roosevelt, the writer decided her life needed some enhancements, so she alleges that Mrs. Roosevelt helped serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy:

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I don’t know how one does that, but I do know that it was her husband who was Assistant Secretary of the Navy. But, let’s just pooh-pooh facts.

Why would a writer make up a name for a first lady? I have no idea, but I have evidence that this writer did:

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Pat Nixon’s real name is not and never was Patricia; it was Thelma. Why couldn’t the writer just Google that? Because facts are not important at Yahoo!.

Then there’s the “fact” that Rosalynn Carter’s father helped support her family after he died:

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I guess that’s possible, if there’s an inheritance involved.

Nancy Reagan gets a little better treatment: The writer claims that Mrs. Reagan’s  “Just Say No” campaign was jaw-droppingly successful, while the rest of the country considered it an embarrassment:

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Wasn’t it just two months ago that Mrs. Clinton was running for the presidency, and not the “Presidential office”?

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She wasn’t “the U.S. Senator of New York” (which makes no sense); she was a U.S. senator from New York. That’s a tad different.

What else is a tad different? This claim that Barbara Bush is Laura Bush’s mother:

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Barbara Bush is George W. Bush’s mother; it would be an incestuous scandal if she was also Laura Bush’s mother. She is Laura Bush’s mother-in-law. Laura Bush didn’t create a “literary program,” but a literacy program. But I quibble. After all, it’s only words.

So yeah, you’re an idiot

So yeah, that’s a Yahoo! Style writer who has no idea who the president of the United States is:

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At the risk of sounding snarky, I think that everyone — from the writer to the editor to their management — are idiots for allowing this to be published.

This seams wrong

If you believed what you read on Yahoo! Style (and why would you, really?) you’d expect pins along the hemline of this gal’s pants:

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But if you looked at the accompanying photo, you’d realize that the writer doesn’t know the difference between a hem and a seam:

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Kelsea Ballerini may be a year late

While the rest of us have been ringing in 2017, singer Kelsea Ballerini  has been a year behind us, according to Yahoo! Style:

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Where did the time go?

Doesn’t it seem that it was just yesterday that we were facing Dec. 23, 2016? But time flies, doesn’t it? At least it does at Yahoo! Finance, where it was 2017:

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Words with friends

Someone should have a word with this Yahoo! Style writer and suggest that perhaps she up her writing game. A real friend might suggest that she learn how to proofread, so that she doesn’t spell Scrabble like this:

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And then maybe someone could explain the importance of getting real facts. Scrabble isn’t the original “friends with words.”  It’s considered the original Words with Friends, which is an actual word game. The game didn’t get a face lip (which is where most lips are), it got a facelift. As for the rest of the sentence, a true friend wouldn’t bother to read it since it appears to be a bunch of random words.

What does it do?

If you’re looking for a decadent candle to give this holiday season, take a look at this recommendation from Yahoo! Style:

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It’s not the greatest description of the candle. The writer managed to get the name of the product wrong (it’s Campagne d’Italie, not d’italia). And she mentions something that it does, but I don’t know what that is. As for the holder, the writer is correct when she says it’s “marble-esque” (though I’d prefer an actual word like “marble-like”) if she means actual marble. Yes, indeedie, it comes in a marble holder.

Stretching the meaning of matching

This might be a bit of a stretch on the Yahoo! Style home page:

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The editor claims four people in that picture match. If she means they are all wearing white shirts, she’s correct — as long as she ignores the fact that two are wearing a black tuxedo, one is wearing a red suit, and another is wearing a blue suit, and the shoes are all different, and the ties are different. But other than that, they all match exactly!

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