How does she get dressed?

You just have to wonder how this writer for Yahoo! Style manages to get dressed in the morning. Does she know how to put on a bra? Does she know that the hooks go in the back? Does she know where her back is?

Those are just a few questions I asked myself when I read this description:

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of this picture:

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Lady Gaga’s monster nickname

The folks over at the Yahoo! front page are so fond of Lady Gaga that they’ve given her a new pet name: Mama Monster.

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While the rest of the world knows her as Mother Monster, these writers and editors must enjoy a special close relationship to the singer to give her universally known nickname a nickname.

Wonky Willy Wonka reference

Metaphors can be great literary devices. References to well-known characters can add color to your writing — but only if you know what the heck you’re writing about. Don’t be a fool like the writer for Yahoo! Celebrity who thinks that Veruca Salt turned blue in the Willy Wonka film and book:

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That was not Veruca, it was Violet Beauregarde who ate the three-course gum and turned violet. Kinda spoils the writer’s metaphor, doesn’t it?

I’m a writer, not a mathematician!

The majority of readers of Yahoo! Style (that’s more than 50%) think that the writer needs to return to the third grade:

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Do you mean Halloween?

The writers at Yahoo! Celebrity shouldn’t try to be clever. They should just use simple words, words we all know. Like calling October 31, Halloween and not All Hallows’ Day:

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All Hallows’ Day is actually November 1. The word Halloween is derived from All Hallows’ Eve — the day before All Hallows’ Day.

At least the writer didn’t call it Old Hallow’s Eve  or Halloween Eve or All Hollow’s Eve.or any number of other mislabels given the holiday by Yahoo! staffers.

One is the subject

About 1 in 2 writers for Yahoo! makes a mistake when trying to match a verb to its subject. In this case, the grammatical gaffe appears on Yahoo! Parenting:

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The subject of that sentence is one, and the verb should be is born. But what’s worse is the writer’s contention that most infants with anencephaly die shortly before birth. The truth is that most die soon after birth.

What a waist!

Fashion shows are becoming more and more inclusive as women with less-than-perfect bodies take to the runways. As noted by a Yahoo! Style writer, one model’s body is unique: Her waist is just a tad higher than most women’s. In fact, it’s just under her armpits:

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I think it’s great! Not so great? The writer’s inability to match a verb (which should be suggest) with its plural subject and neglecting to hyphenate the adjective modern-day. But at least she spelled waist correctly, even if she can’t identify it.

Officially an idiot

I’m probably being to hard on this gal from Yahoo! Style who carries the title of news editor. But I think she’s an idiot. Or maybe just an overworked incompetent. I’d expect that an adult being paid to be a “news editor” would have some basic knowledge of finances. I’d expect that she’d know that one’s net worth is not the same as one’s income. So, in an article about the richest people in the United States, she claims that Christy Walton has an income of $30.2 billion:

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She does not. That is her net worth.

But worse than that, is this claim about Steve Jobs’ widow:

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Mr. Jobs’ widow is not Alice Walton, it is Laurene Powell Jobs. But I can see how you’d get those names mixed up.

Brimming with errors

I’ve often said that you don’t need to know anything about fashion or style or the English language to write for Yahoo! Style. It’s a site brimming with errors. And here’s proof once again:

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Yes, that is indeed a hat with a black brim.The red ribbon is not the brim; it is called a hatband and it sits above the brim.

Aw, that’s cute

Aw, the geniuses at have coined a new nickname for Ben Roethlisberger, and it’s kinda cute:

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It reminds me of John-John, the nickname for John F. Kennedy Jr when he was a boy. But Ben Ben is just a bit too juvenile for a football player, don’t you think? Maybe they should return to calling him by the nickname the rest of the world uses: Big Ben.


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