Reporting on Holly Holm’s memory lapse, the editors for yahoo.com seem to have forgotten that rapper Jay Z removed the hyphen from his name back in 2013:
Although this writer for Yahoo! Style claims “we’ve all read the history books,” I don’t think she learned a lot:
I’m not referring to her inability to pound out the word battlefield. Or her insistence on using a hyphen after an adverb ending in -LY. I’m referring to her mention of the Royal Ordinance Factory, which would be a place where statutes, regulations, or orders are manufactured.
It’s too bad there’s no ordinance prohibiting the incorrect use of words in a public place. This gal would be arrested and sent up the river because anyone who “read the history books” knows that military material, including weapons and ammunition, is ordnance.
Oh, lordie. Will the management at Yahoo! Style ever hire writers and editors who know actual English words? Let’s skip on over the repeated words, ignore the wiling (because even thought it’s a real word, it makes no sense in this context), and focus on the expression to shill out:
This writer, who happens to hold the title of “news editor,” clearly has no idea what shill means. And she has no idea that a person who spends money is shelling it out, not shilling it.
This is truly a sad, sad statement about the state of journalism today. Or maybe just about the state of “journalism” at Yahoo!.
There’s Forrest Gump and Forrest Tucker. And a lot of other people named Forrest. So which one was Yahoo! Makers referring to?
I find it hard to believe that a professional writer cannot spell a word that appeared on every second-grade spelling list. Nor can I believe that Yahoo! writers don’t have access to a simple spell-checker or a competent proofreader or editor. This misspelling of forest is actually quite disgraceful.
I imagine that the writer for Yahoo! Style didn’t study French in high school. If she had, she wouldn’t have misplaced the acute accent in soirée:
Yahoo! staffers just shouldn’t bother with accent marks. They get them wrong more often than right. Funny thing: The American Heritage Dictionary prefers soiree over the accented spelling. So, if you’re unwilling to refer to a dictionary (like the writers and editors at Yahoo!), skip those funny marks over the vowels and decrease your chance of making an error.