What no one tells you

Here’s something no one tells the writers and editors at yahoo.com: You’re missing a word.

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I need a verb

Gosh, it’s amazing that someone can write some many words that look almost like a sentence, and yet isn’t, because someone at yahoo.com forgot to include the verb:

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Thank heaven Paris Fashion Week is over!

With Paris Fashion Week over, we might actually see the end of Yahoo! Style’s writers pathetic attempt at French:

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Th0se writers are trying to be soooo sophisticated with their mangled French and the result is that they look like tweens who don’t own a English-French dictionary. The word is très and it means very. We may not be treated to their French follies, but there will always be a missing word or two in their articles. (I think the writer meant collection is representative, but il se peut que je me trompe.

Taking the typo trend next level

Yahoo! Style takes the typo trend (at least it’s a trend on Yahoo!) to the next level with this headline:

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Befitting a high school newspaper?

I’ve seen high school newspapers that are better written than Yahoo! Style. You don’t need a high school diploma to spot the missing word between in and white or to find the misspelled white. All you need is a basic knowledge of English to know that these errors are not befitting a professionally written website read by millions around the world:

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Enduring the humiliation

I don’t know that I could endure the humiliation if I were responsible for this excerpt from Yahoo! Style:

endured humility sty

Dropping a word in what should be housed in a convent is no big deal (though I’d never use the verb housed to refer to a person). Using humility instead of humiliation is disgraceful.

Ack! I’m running out of red ink!

Few things irk me more than really bad writing by people who are paid to write. Unless it’s management that allows really bad writing to be published. And one indication of bad writing is the amount of red ink I bleed on a page. So, this article from Yahoo! Style is really bad and I’m really irked.

Omitting a hyphen from an age is a relatively minor, but totally unnecessary, mistake:

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Using the wrong word? Not minor mistake in my opinion, although I alternately agree and disagree that the writer should be taken out behind to the woodshed:

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It’s hard to imagine a writer confusing alternatively with alternately. With mistakes like that, this writer will never receive the acclaim of legitimate writers, unless she acquires the services of a competent editor:

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Her word choice continues to be sketchy at best: No, didgeridoos and balalaikas are not a few instruments, they are two instruments:

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More red ink! I need more red ink! Or at least an explanation for why there’s a the in front of Bush’s mystique but none in front of performer, why she didn’t put the only in front of the word it modifies (which is one), why it’s not an accidental death, and why this writer can’t match a verb (which should be have kept) to its subject:

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Just how old is a bohemian? And is a “slight bohemian age” like dog-years?

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I guess we should expect a writer who doesn’t know the difference between a bohemian age and a bohemian edge to care about spelling a name correctly, like Clare Waight Keller:

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Are you still with me? If so, then you got to the best of the worst word usages of all times: the blouses with the bellowing sleeves. I’ve heard of loud prints, but never loud sleeves. I wonder if they’re red.

The snapping talk show

Talk shows are a lot smarter than they used to be. They can take pictures and they have a gender. At least that’s the case with this one, mentioned on Yahoo! Celebrity:

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You’re onto something

If you spotted the missing word on the Yahoo! front page, you may be labeled an “eagle-eye.” And if noticed the irrational split of a word, you’re onto something:

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How’s that proofreading going? How’s that proofreading going?

It’s not uncommon to see mistakes on Yahoo! DIY. It’s not uncommon to see mistakes on Yahoo! DIY. Like repeated sentences. Like repeated sentences. And sentences that never get an end because the writer nodded off. And sentences that never get an end because the writer nodded off.

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Kinda illustrates the need for proofreading, doesn’t it?

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